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How to play Hurt by Johnny Cash

Hurt is a song that was one of Johnny Cash’s final hits before his death. The song was originally written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Cash’s dramatic acoustic version makes a definite impact, however, it’s an easy song to play.

Reznor was a little hestitant when first hearing about Cash covering the song, but has said in interviews that the Cash version brought tears to his eyes.

The song has a slower tempo making it easy to sing. It also uses a simple strum and open chords so it’s a good one to perform if you are still trying to build up those guitar skills.

The ‘Hurt‘ full video lesson will show you how to play the song in easy to learn parts.

Lesson Quick Facts

Song Title: Hurt
Artist: Johnny Cash
Recorded: 2002
Tutor: Moses Robbins
Rating: Very Easy
Duration: 15 mins (approx.)

Hurt video lesson
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Contents:

Learn the Chords to Hurt

Why we think Hurt by Johnny Cash is a great song

Why we think Hurt by Johnny Cash is a great song to learn

Why we classed Hurt by Johnny Cash as ‘Very Easy‘ on Guitar

Visit the Hurt Video Lesson

Learn about Johnny Cash and Hurt

Some history about Hurt by Johnny Cash

What Album Hurt came from

YouTube User plays Hurt by Johnny Cash

Can you Play Hurt by Johnny Cash?

Learn the Chords to Hurt

Here are main chords that are used in the song:

Chords:


These chords can also be found in the chord viewer on the ‘Hurt‘ video lesson page.

In this lesson you learn how to play Hurt by Johnny Cash on the Guitar in step-by-step chunks.

Why we think Hurt by Johnny Cash is a great song

  1. The song has some great meaningful lyrics
  2. It’s got a mellow tempo that sets a mood
  3. Hurt is a great song that is recognized by both fans of artist Trent Reznor or Johnny Cash whose cover of the song is so well-known

Why we think Hurt by Johnny Cash is a great song to learn

It’s a great way for a beginner to gain some new skills while building confidence. The song uses open chords and a simple strum to deliver a beautiful song. The melody is slow and mellow, making it an easy song to learn.

Why we classed Hurt by Johnny Cash as ‘Very Easy‘ on Guitar

SongPond tutor, Moses Robbins delivers a cut down version of the full song, which makes learning the song as a whole a lot easier.

The main sections are broken down and prepare you for playing the song as a whole. Each video section is about 8-10 minutes long. We recommend you listen to the original piece and really get a feel for the song.

Check out the preview and introduction on the Hurt lesson page.

Visit the Hurt Video Lesson


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Learn about Johnny Cash and Hurt

Born Feb. 26, 1932 John R. Cash was an American singer-songwriter who was a country music icon but dabbled in many genres including rockabilly, rock ‘n roll, folk, blues and gospel. His dark performance clothing earned him the nickname “The Man in Black.” He cultivated a somber and humble demeanor and was known for his reblliousness and providing free concerts inside prison walls.

His signature songs include I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, and Ring of Fire. Later in his career he covered songs by various rock artists and won critical acclaim for his cover of the Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails song Hurt.

Courtesy of wikipedia.com

Some history about Hurt by Johnny Cash

Hurt is a song that Johnny Cash covered on his album American IV: The Man Comes Around in 2002. Written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, the song was first released on the Nine Inch Nails 1994 album The Downard Spiral. Cash’s cover received critical acclaim and was one of his final hit releases before his death.

What Album Hurt came from

The song Hurt was covered by Johnny Cash to crtical acclaim off his American IV: The Man Comes Around album. It’s the 4th album in the American Series by Cash. Released in 2002, the majority of the songs, like Hurt are covers including Bridge Over Troubled Water, Personal Jesus, and In My Life.

Cash reworked the songs in his sparse, raw style. On the album he receives backup vocal assistance from various artists. The album won Album of the Year at the 2003 CMA awards

American IV: The Man Comes Around

YouTube user plays Hurt by Johnny Cash

YouTube user eddie629 offers a cool cover of Hurt by Johnny Cash. The song is moving, and this player’s version is no exception. Good job.



Can you Play Hurt by Johnny Cash?

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