How To Play Hurt by Johnny Cash | Easy 2-Minute Guitar Lesson

Check out this Acoustic Guitar Lesson on How to Play Hurt by Johnny Cash from Guitar Control instructor Jon MacLennan. This tune was originally recorded by the industrial band Nine Inch Nails. Cash heard the song and wanted to do an acoustic arrangement for it and in this lesson MacLennan demonstrates how to play it. Be sure to get the free tabs by clicking the link so you can easily follow along with this modern classic.

Hurt by Johnny Cash

Introduction To Hurt By Johnny Cash

Hey how’s it going? This is John MacLennan and I hope you’re doing fantastic and welcome to this video lesson. I’m here today with and we’re looking at a song called Hurt as recorded by Johnny Cash, but originally by the Nine Inch Nails. It’s a really cool song and it’s got a great acoustic part to it.

Be sure to click the link below so you can get the tab that goes along with this video lesson. That’s going to help you and basically show you chord shapes for the entire song that I’m going to break down. Also, leave a comment below which version do you like better, do you like the Nine Inch Nails version or the Johnny Cash one? I think they’re both great and very different. All right well let’s zoom in and break it down.

Hurt Chords

The main pattern in this song just uses three chords; an A minor, a C and a D. The first chord, A minor is gonna be played from the fifth string down, open fifth string and second fret on the fourth string, second fret on the third-string and first fret on the second string open first string. So most people play it like this, I use two fingers but it’s that same chord.

Then we’re going to move to a C chord, again I’m only gonna play from the fifth string down and this is going to be third fret on the 5th string, 2nd fret on the 4th string, open on the 3rd string, 1st fret on the 2nd string and open on the 1st string. Then Dadd 9 is our next chord and on this chord I’m only gonna play from the fourth string down starting with this note D, which is open fourth string, then I’m gonna play second fret, third fret and open so 2nd fret on the third string, third fret on the second string and open first string. So here’s the sound of all three of those chords…


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