Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash (Easy Guitar Songs Beginner Guitar Lesson BS-502)

In this guitar lesson we are going to learn how to play Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. Fantastic fun beginner tune using just E, A and B7 chords and in the lesson we’ll look at simple strumming and also the classic Johnny Cash “Boom Chick-a” strumming and alternating the bass note. The Justin Guitar Beginners Songbook contains 100 songs specifically structured for beginners and there are 10 songs for each stage of the Beginners Course. See the web site for the beginner lessons and more info including full song list, try out songs and order details. You can also order the book from your community music pile!Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a fantastic forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all really free, no bull. No try out lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of fantastic lessons :) To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of Have fun .
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  1. 40vandervaart says:

    Fantastic vids can u do “back in black” please

  2. art4meonly says:

    You call it ‘Boomchikiboom’ huh :)

  3. Aarrmehearties says:

    @andrisc Have a look at alternative fingerings for B7 otherwise it is a matter of practice until you master it (like everything in life)

  4. Aarrmehearties says:

    @andrisc It’s just practice but if you dodge playing it you will by no means improve.

  5. MasterSplinter1957 says:

    clean tricks thanx

  6. andrisc says:

    I despise B7. It’s such a rarely used chord and the fingering is a b***h.

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  11. danmerkler says:

    This was another masterful lesson– HUGE insight into the “boom chicka” bit.

    But, i have a question (or a flaw in my interpretation): When i taught myself this song many years ago, it sounded to me as though instead of eight bars of E then four bars of A, etc, that Cash played six bars of E then played two bars of E7 (lyrics “I don’t know when”).

    i defer to your wisdom– you’re a pro who’s taught me a lot, and i’m just a hack turning classics into punk music!

    – dan

  12. sirfragsalot87 says:

    the boom chacka part is too quick for me… -.- i’m tooooo slow for it!!

  13. khunseng84 says:

    boom chicka boom chicka wow wow.. fantastic stuff as always Peace =)

  14. trkddy says:

    Thanks again Justin your the best !!! I learned so much these pasy 2 yrs. from your videos

  15. pascalosti11 says:

    fantastic song and fantastic video, Thanks!

  16. frozenskull2009 says:

    sh*t, i cant see the video cuz of snowfall add xD

  17. JustinJamesUK says:

    Ahhhh Justin..
    you by no means sang the chords this time… thats my fave bit….
    fantastic song and fantastic lesson fella.
    nice one.

  18. heshtech says:

    Seriously you have made my xmas by posting this. I have always wanted to play it on the acoustic.

  19. MrSpyder0815 says:

    Real cool Lesseon from a real cool Dude. Many Thanx and nice X-Mas Days

  20. TARANTULABrother says:

    Justin, your lessons are the best in whole internet

  21. sirfragsalot87 says:

    … wow.. Today when i’m coming home i will start playing this awesome Song.

  22. dmaradona10 says:

    Dude, every time I reckon about putting down the guitar and taking a break, you come out with a new video, thanks man.

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  25. danielmendes9090 says:

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