When the Man Comes Around

by Johnny Cash • Lesson #159 • Jun 26, 2018

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Editor’s notes

In this lesson I’ll show you how to play “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash, including a tutorial for the chords and strumming pattern. This is the first Cash song I fell in love with, back around 2003 on a jukebox in my favorite college bar. I hope you dig this lesson!

  • 0:00 Playthrough
  • 1:38 Greeting & agenda
  • 2:54 Chords needed
  • 5:39 Verse strumming: easy version
  • 7:48 Pre-chorus & chorus (strumming, etc)
  • 15:21 Verse strumming: advanced version

Lyrics and chords

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