Rhythm and Chords – Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire was written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore, and recorded by Johnny Cash in 1963; it became one of his biggest hits.

In this lesson you will learn a fingerstyle arrangement of Ring of Fire on guitar, making this song suitable for beginners! Enjoy learning this fun song!

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, known as the Man in Black, rose to national renown with his emotive songs about everyday experience that resonated with many listeners. His 1968 album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and later recordings with Rick Rubin drew attention to social justice issues such as prison reform and Native American rights.

This beginner-friendly version of Ring of Fire on an acoustic guitar is easy enough for even inexperienced guitarists to master.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Beginner guitarists will love this song’s familiar melody and easy strumming pattern – perfect for practicing rhythm and chords while connecting to musical history! Additionally, its inspirational lyrics provide a wonderful opportunity for practice!

This website, established to honor Ronnie Van Zant, provides dedicated fans with a comprehensive Lynyrd Skynyrd resource including rare photos and memorabilia, an extensive discography with song list lyrics, as well as detailed history information about their favorite band.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival quickly established themselves as one of America’s favorite bands. Their albums Cosmo’s Factory and Green River remain timeless classics that continue to capture audiences worldwide.

The band took their name from three components: Creedence Nuball, one of Tom’s closest friends; “clear water,” from an Olympia beer commercial; and revival, to symbolize their renewed commitment to music since Doug and John returned home from military service.

John Denver

John Denver enthralled audiences worldwide with his heartwarming songs and clear tenor voice, touching millions with each of them. Involved in humanitarian causes and wildlife preservation, as well as appearing on several TV specials alongside Jim Henson’s Muppets, his music touched lives across generations.

He was revered for his love of nature, spending much time hiking, climbing and rafting outdoors. In 1997 he died tragically when his plane crash.

The Animals

They initially went by the name Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo before changing to The Animals in 1962. Combining electric blues with rock music, The Animals became one of the signature bands during Britain’s Invasion of American music scene.

Following various personnel shifts, Burdon formed Eric Burdon and The Animals with Hilton Valentine, Steel, and Rowberry as key members. This band pursued more progressive and psychedelic sounds; Rowberry sometimes joined for this lineup.

Bob Dylan

Ring of Fire is a timeless country song made famous by Bob Dylan. Using only simple chords, it makes the song accessible even to beginners.

Dylan was known for writing songs that are accessible and can be learned without needing advanced guitar knowledge. He was an immensely popular singer that could connect with any audience member.

Van Morrison

Van Morrison has long been one of the most influential and versatile musicians around. After scoring a top 40 hit with Them’s lively arrangement of Big Joe Williams’ 1935 blues classic ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, he went on to create an expansive mix of street poetry, jazz improvisation and Celtic invocation on 1968’s Astral Weeks album.

Moondance (1970), Tupelo Honey (1979) and St Dominic’s Preview (2019) all provide examples of his ability to tap into his artistic heritage, spiritual life and ancestral memories.

Wild Thing

Johnny Cash made this song famous when it debuted on his album Ring of Fire and first recorded by June Carter and Merle Kilgore in March 1963. It became one of his signature hits.

This song is ideal for beginners as it only uses basic chords with an easy strumming pattern, making for an accessible start in their music careers. Furthermore, power chords work especially well when used alongside this track.

Sweet Home Alabama

Reese Witherspoon stars as Melanie Charmichael, an out-of-town lawyer returning home. This film is inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hit single with its complex history.

The band had an amicable rivalry with Neil Young and wrote a song with lines such as, ‘Well I hope old Neil will remember, A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” They recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield.

Spirit In The Sky

Norman Greenbaum became an instant two-million seller with his song Spirit In The Sky due to its catchy guitar opening riff and its spiritual message about forgiveness.

This tune offers six simple chords with a moderate tempo. Although the barring technique may present challenges for beginner guitarists, this song can make an excellent addition to your repertoire.