Richie Sambora

Several decades have passed since Richie Sambora first taught himself to play guitar. Despite his prowess on instrument, however, the Bon Jovi veteran says he continues to embrace new challenges on the instrument.

 “As a matter of fact, I’ve started taking lessons,” he says, in a just-published interview with M – Music & Musicians. “I walked into Norman’s Rare Guitars, here in L.A., and there was a guy playing acoustic guitar. He sounded like two guitar players playing at once. I asked how he was doing that, and he started showing me all these alternative tunings. He turned out to be [former Wings guitarist] Lawrence Juber. I said, ‘Would you teach me how to do that?’ It was finger-style playing in alternative tunings, something that had passed me by when I was learning how to play. So I took my first guitar lesson at the age of 53. I’m still taking lessons from him. It’s been a gas.”

Sambora’s new solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, was released in September. A new Bon Jovi album is slated for release in the spring of 2013.