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About the Author

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar, a professed man of faith, as well as the author of three books. Cash first sang publicly while in the air force in the early fifties. The youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded eleven Grammies in a career that spanned generations. Married to country legend June Carter, Cash performed everywhere from Folsom Prison to the White House, hosted his own television show, appeared in feature films, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • Series: Strum It Guitar
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634045164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634045165
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a intermediate guitarist 26 yr. old. I know his songs aren't too complex, so I probably don't need a "simplified" song book. I really doubt if all of the songs are played with Capo I. Its probably a shortcut to match his tuning, but it just doesn't sound right with any recordings that I have. I didn't have any luck learning any of his songs which I assumed would be easy.
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Things start out looking quite straight forward with this one. Then you start working on strumming patterns that will wear you down. If you plan on playing country, you have to learn this stuff, and this is a fun way to build chops.

It's a a keeper.
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just what i aws looking for thank you
ps i'm not back ay school i've said what i wanted to say.
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First of all, Johhny Cash had an amazing ability to play the "boom chicka-boom"/traintime beat. HIs unique style is most evident in his earliest Sun recordings.

The problem with this book is that it's aimed squarely at beginning guitarists. And here's the catch: Johnny's style was so simple (on paper) that while it certainly doesn't need a "note-for-note" examination, several paragraphs on his right hand strumming style would've been helpful.

For people looking for a simple book with little explanation, this is a good book. For intermediate guitarists who are "way beyond" Johnny's simple gifts, this book may not help you.

The thing with Johnny is that he used his capo quite a bit (on his earliest best recordings). He generally played "E" forms (E>A>B7), and capo'd a lot at the first fret. That is all explained in the book, but a lot more depth would've helped.

Since Johnny's style is so simple, what would've helped the book would've been a page grouping all of Johnny's strums. Suggesting some practices, variations, etc.

It would've also helped if the author would've stated: "Yes, folks, Johnny's style was incredibly simple, but you have to practice so it sounds just like a snare drum." Amazingly enough, there are no drums on the earliest Cash recordings. What you "hear" as a snare drum (played with brushes) is Johnny's rhythm style, and it's very hard to duplicate without a lot of practice.
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Easy to read and play. Fun songs if you love Johnny Cash! It also has a good variety of his songs.
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This would have been a great book if it included tab along with the written music. Unless you're very experienced with the guitar and knowing the individual notes real well and where they are played on the guitar and where they fall on the music scale don't bother. This is sheet music. It tells you the chord to play and tells you where to capo up but Cash's music is complex and tabs would really be nice but they are not included.
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Great job in the song selection, and in the accuracy of the transcriptions.

Beginner friendly, but also suited to the polished professional.

Most of the songs note that a capo is required. That is not a work-around for Johnny Cash's tuning at all. Go and get yourself a Victor capo, just like the man used to use.
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