In this lesson, we’re going to look at Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (that’s the YouTube link if you want to view there). It’s a great song and also a pretty easy one to learn. The neat thing about Ring of Fire is that it only uses three chords, and those chords happen to be [...]
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The guitar has 6 strings and in standard tuning, we tune each string to be a perfect fourth pitch interval apart as we descend strings (save for one pair). Since the 5th string has already been tuned to A, all we need to do is tune the remaining 5 strings around that. The top string (6th) will be tuned to E, 5th string to A, 4th string to D, 3rd string to G, 2nd string to B and lastly the 1st string will be E.
Learning to play the guitar doesn’t have to be difficult. If you understand the framework behind it all then it really becomes just a matter of learning the steps and implementing them. Often times people let the sound or idea of music theory scare them. I can totally relate to that, but have learned just how easy and fun theory can be and it has helped me beyond measure.