Guitar Lessons – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash – cover chords Beginners Acoustic songs

Go to to find out how to get a chart to this song and 100s other songs!!! This guitar lesson vid shows you how to play Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash. It shows you the chords, strumming technique and style. Check out info on my online instructional resources about charts, chords, strumming and the techniques that I use here in my videos.. For more guitar lessons, see my other free tutorials. For original and cover music by me, Erich, go to . Since I’m so busy making new video tutuorial lessons all the time and teaching guitar, I probably won’t have time to answer individual questions regarding guitar. Other videos cover beginner, advanced and intermediate levels. I teach rock, blues, country and just about any other style on electric or acoustic. If you can’t find your answer from the resources at the website above, keep digging into my vids, and I’m sure you will find your answer. Keep practicing!!!

32 thoughts on “Guitar Lessons – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash – cover chords Beginners Acoustic songs

  1. I find it matches the live at folsom prison recording (the most famous one) with a capo on the first fret. See my channel for a multitrack cover of this : )

  2. However, although I play in the same key as shown here (E), the intro I have is different than yours. I have third fret A x3, second fret D x3, third fret A, third fret E (bend), first fret E. Maybe not an issue but perhaps this is why the intro sounds “off”?


  3. Nice lesson! Thanks – one of my dad’s favorite songs. All of the tabs I can find for this song don’t include the E7, but I wrote it in. Thanks for this!

  4. @MrEpiphoneplayer Thanks, I got it together now. I can play it well after a couple of weeks practice. Im hitting the bass notes no trouble too. I can also sing along to the song whilst playing, but i’m tone deaf and can’t sing to save my life, so don’t expect to see a vid on here of me playing lol! I’ve moved on to paradise city and the beatles now, its relaxing and a great challenge learning guitar. Keep strumming dude!

  5. @Sheepshaggingtaff BTW,i think that ariexmae was only making the point it should be capoed at the first fret if a beginner wanted to play along with the original tune as it was recorded in F major,the guy on the vid says it won’t sound right if you play like his description here in the video as (in his words)”i don’t know if the original recording has been speeded up or something” so i don’t think he was being pretentious,just trying to help beginners,but maybe worded it the wrong way?peace.

  6. @Sheepshaggingtaff i started to get the change smoother by leaving out the little finger and just changing to a “d7” shape on the fifth string 2nd fret 4th string first fret and 3rd string 2nd fret and making sure you don’t strum the first string,once this becomes natural and smooth you can start to place the little finger on the first string 2nd fret to complete the full “B7” all soons become natural enough with practise so keep on rocking my friend.hope this helps?

  7. @Sheepshaggingtaff Yes mate!! you has deffently got a point .. It doesnt matter how good at playing the guitar ariexmae is or THINKS he is does not it most certainly does not avoid the fact he’s a pretentious twat and nothing will ever change that. I rate you bro

  8. @ariexmae Sorry we can’t all live up to your standard, Mr fucking Hendrix ! If you are as good as you really think you are, which I very much doubt, remember one thing…….You were a beginner at one stage……..COCK!

  9. @Sheepshaggingtaff Anybody who is amateur enough to need a lesson video on a Johnny Cash song, probably needs that information to play along with the song. Tool.

  10. Hey there teach lol. You might want to let all of your many students know that this song isn’t In E. It’s in Fmajor. You play the E shape cause it’s Capo’d.

  11. @Sheepshaggingtaff Haha that isn’t right at all. Don’t give people dumb ideas if you dont know what you are talking about.

  12. Pracising this tune and changing from E to B7 smoothly looks simple on the vid, but for a beginner, its not that easy!

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