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In this tutorial I'm gonna teach you how to play the classic country song "I Got Stripes", as made famous by Johnny Cash. This is one of Johnny Cash's many big hits, and it features a catchy melody, great and interesting lyrics, and some cool guitar playing. It's remarkably happy and bouncy sounding for some pretty dark subject matter, which gives it a funny ironic twist.

It's very simple harmonically using just two chords, so it's easy to play on an acoustic guitar, and for the more advanced players there's a really elaborate electric guitar part as well. In this tutorial we're gonna breakdown every note that you hear on the studio version of this song, starting with the the strumming acoustic rhythm guitar, then the electric guitar part in the verses, the arpeggios in the choruses, the modulation, the form, how to imitate the guitar tones that you hear and much more. The song is in cut time, which I'll explain later, and therefore the quarter note equals 103.5. Let's get right to it!