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Hurt by Johnny Cash

Difficulty: Easy

He was called the “Man in Black,” who once sang “I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die,” but opened his concerts with the friendly, modest greeting, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

Johnny Cash died Friday September 12th 2003. He was 71.

Here is the transcription to the first section:

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The 2nd section of the song is the hardest part. It’s just chord strumming, but it’s a bit tricker than it looks. Use all downstrokes and accent the entire chord formation at the beginning of each beat. Here’s the transcription of the 2nd section:

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There are 6 different chord formations in this song. Use the suggested fingerings for each chord formation below (the numbers in red tell you what fingers to use). When playing the song, form each chord formation when you see the chord name at the top of the staff and hold it untill you switch to another chord to let the notes ring together.

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Hurt” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Hurt” (Power Tab)