Sunday Morning Coming Down
by Johnny Cash • Lesson #98 • Sep 7, 2017
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In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to play the song “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” a with chords and strumming pattern included. This is a Kris Kristofferson song, covered by many folks (including Johnny Cash). This lesson features a no-capo version with a few different ways to approach strumming (easy strumming and alternating bass notes). Watch and enjoy!
- 2:36 Chords needed
- 3:55 Strumming pattern (easy)
- 5:32 Playthrough (with easy strum)
- 7:18 Walk-down transition riffs
- 11:40 Strumming pattern (advanced)
To play along with Kris Kristofferson’s version, use a capo on the 2nd fret. To play along with Johnny Cash’s version, use a capo on the 1st fret. In my video lesson, I don’t use a capo. It’s up to you!
Lyrics w/ chords
Key of G, 156 BPM.
See sheet music for the lyrics with chords.
E ––––3–––––0–––––0–––––2––––– B ––––0–––––0–––––1–––––3––––– G ––––0–––––0–––––0–––––2––––– D ––––0–––––2–––––2–––––0––––– A ––––2–––––2–––––3––––––––––– E ––––3–––––0––––––––––––––––– G Em C D
From G to E-minor:
E ||––––––3––––––––3–––––––––0––––– B ||––––––3––––––––3–––––––––0––––– G ||––––––0––––––––0–––––––––0––––– D ||––––––0––––––––0–––––––––2––––– A ||––––––2––––––––x–––––––––2––––– E ||–––3––3–––––2––2––––––0––0––––– G G/F# Em
From D to G:
E ||––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––– B ||––––––3–––––––3––––––––3––––––––3–––––––3–––– G ||––––––2–––––––2––––––––2––––––––2–––––––0–––– D ||–––0––0–––––––0––––––––0––––––––0–––––––0–––– A ||–––––––––––3––3–––––2––2–––––0––0–––––––2–––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3–––– D D/C D/B D/A G
Strumming with alternating bass notes
E ||–––––3–3–––––3–3––––3–3–––––3–3–––– B ||–––––3–3–––––3–3––––3–3–––––3–3–––– G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– D ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– A ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2––––––––– E ||–––3––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––– G E ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– B ||–––––1–1–––––1–1––––1–1–––––1–1–––– G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– D ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2––––––––– A ||–––3––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C E ||–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2––– B ||–––––3–3–––––3–3–––––3–3–––––3–3––– G ||–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2––– D ||–––0–––––––––––––––0––––––––––––––– A ||––––––––––0–––––––––––––––0–––––––– E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D E ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– B ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0–––– D ||–––––2–2–––––2–2––––2–2–––––2–2–––– A ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2––––––––– E ||–––0––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––– Em
See my PDF for the verse and chorus chord progression diagram.
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