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This video shows you Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash. It shows you the chords, strumming technique and style.
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All right be my little Johnny Cash and Friends. Today, we’re going to be learning Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. A really killer tune in an open key and some really basic chords. I'm looking at my chart right here that I’ve transcribed for this tune for one of my mistune and we’re going to learn it today.
So we’re going to start of by talking about the chords and then we’ll talk about the strumming. Any techniques we go over today too if you need some help with it, check out your guitarsage.com. And also if you want to get hold of this chart, check out your guitarsage.com as well. So here we go, let’s talk about the chords. There are four basic chords in here and here they go.
All right so we got an E major, I'm strumming them all. An E7 so I’m taking an E chord lifting that ring finger, got an E7 there. Then we got an A. The thumb mutes that sixth string. And then we got a B7. So we’ll talk about the strumming here in just a second. I'm going to go into the chords and how you’re going to be thinking about it. Well, I’ll show you that beginning lick as well. Let’s talk about that then we’ll go finish these chords up here. So the beginning of these licks is going to go—
So on the fifth string three notes, fifth string 2nd fret, hit it with your second finger. And then you’re going to hit on the 1st fret of the fourth string twice. Then back to the second finger, fifth string. And on the sixth string 2nd fret, you’re going to hit and bend it up a half step, and then hit open E. So it’s going to go—
Okay now if you’re playing this to a CD or to the original recording, it’s a little bit off—pitch wise. So probably it’s better to tape up or slow it down whatever. But other way if you’re playing too, you’ll be frustrated if it’s not in tune. Okay so this one got the chords here. So it’s like a—
E7, A, E, B7, E,
So for strumming it’s going to sound like this, I might do it slow at first and the rhythm is—
If you haven’ done this rhythm before, you want to make sure you’re hand goes like the grand father pullup. You just keep going. Make sure you’re doing strictly like that. Unless you’re getting to all sort in mess on strumming. If you need some help on strumming check out strumming video that I’ve got on my YouTube page here. So here we go. It’s going to sound something like this. I’m doing it slow here at first.
So that’s one that was two measures.
There’s one measure so we got six measures of E, two B7, four of A, four of E, four of B7, two of E. So it’s going to go like this—
A, B, B7, E. Okay so there you go and just speed something like this—
Going on E7 here.
Okay that’s it, really simple. And it just plays at the same chord progression over and over again, so it’s just the verse. There’s no chorus but basically we’re just repeating that chord progression over and over again. All right kids, go practice this. If you have any questions, watch the video again because I'm busy making new videos. Check out your guitarsage.com and keep practicing.