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Hey guys! What is up? It is Aaron. The video that I want to do is one of the first ones by Johnny Cash called the Folsom Prison Blues. If you have heard of Johnny Cash or if you have seen the movie “Walk the Line” where Joaquin Phoenix played Johnny Cash, I think it is called “Walk the Line.” I could be wrong, I think that one is though. But it is pretty good. He does a good version down there. But the song, I have been playing along with it. All the tabs says standard tuning. But for some reason when I play, it sounds a little higher than it should. So maybe I should be tuned down half a step. You can try that if you want. I am just going to teach you how to play it, you know, no capos, standard tuning.
So, the very beginning there, I like to make kind of a, put your pointer finger on the 3rd string down your D string, the 2nd, that is the pointer finger. And then the middle finger, 2nd string down your D string, or A string, I am sorry, the 3rd fret. And the way it goes, is you are going to hear three picks and you want to play it, if you have not noticed this, you play up here, kind of mellow, looks like an, kind of like a keyboard sound, the middle is standard. He plays kind of that stuff back close to the bridge. So, put your finger -- and you are going to play three like, [Demonstration] on the A string. So, that is the A string, in your middle and 3rd fret and you are going to go 1, 2, 3. Then the D string, 1, 2, 3 then back to the A string, 3, and then you are going to play on the low E string, you are going to play the 3rd fret then down [Demonstration] and then down the 1st fret. So, [Demonstration]. Pick this like this. [Demonstration].
Then he plays really three chords that I have seen so far. First was an E, if you do not know, E is, your middle and ring finger, get it on the 2nd fret of your A and D strings and your pointer finger on your G string, 1st fret. Basically, he plays it, this time, it is called, it have been a while since I have learn, I think this is all -- bass strumming and all you need to do is on the E chord, you are going to play the 6th, the low E first. Then strum and then you are going to play the A string. [Demonstration]
So that is what you do with the E chord. He plays that for the first, “I hear the train a comin', It's rollin' 'round the bend, And I ain't seen the sunshine, Since, I don't know when,” and then, “I'm stuck,” when you go to the A. If you play the E like that, just slide that pointer finger down the 2nd fret, you are still on G string then put your ring finger, the third fret down or the 3rd string down, the second fret, it is the D string and then the ring finger goes on the B string, the 5th strong down from the top, 2nd fret. And for this one, instead of six and six strum, five strum, you are going to play 5 strum, [Demonstration]. So I play like 5, down up to four, down, up, when I say 5, I mean your A string in forming your D string. So, you play stroke, A strum, A up, down, D, up, down, A, down up, D, down, up, sorry, so A,, down, up, D, down, up, A, down, up B down, up, it is just like that. Then do the strum, “I'm stuck in Folsom Prison, And time keeps draggin' on,” and then it goes back to E. [Demonstration], like once or twice and then lines this, “But that train keeps a-rollin',” it is this train that goes to the B7, to the B7. It is something you do not see very common, I have not seen -- I cannot see that, it depends on that music you play. But the chord of that is you take your middle finger on the A string, the 2nd string down the 2nd fret and your pointer finger is on the 1st fret of your D string. And your ring finger goes on the 2nd fret of your G string. The B string is open and then pinky is on the 2nd fret of the high E and for that, it is like [Demonstration].
So your A, strum down, up, the D, down, up, D, down up, so [Demonstration]. Just like that. “Rollin’ down to San Antone,” it is back to E, [Demonstration]. Like that. And then it goes and continues on, so it is E to A to E to B7, E, E, A, E, B7, E. So you have E, A, E, B7, E, A, E, B7 and then end