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The Man Comes Around: Introduction

 

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Whats up people! Today we're going to take a look at how to play "The Man Comes Around", as made famous by Johnny Cash. This song is all acoustic guitars and we're going to get down with a lot of strumming in these lessons. The song starts with a strumming pattern that is going to be the basis for the verses; interestingly we're going to combine two guitars to achieve the desired rhythm.

This tune doesn't really stick to the regular pop song format of verse/chorus/verse/chorus, etc. At the end of the verses we go into the hook of the song which will change the chord progression up, so we'll go between verses and the hook, then we'll go into a chorus section that opens up with some nice chords and some interesting overdubs. The chorus continues into a new part and we're going to call this section C and here we have some more acoustic guitar overdubs.

The song format is unconventional and one of the major things that you have to really pay attention to is the length of the different sections. It's all about following the vocals! Due to the spoken nature of a lot of the vocals, different chords will be different lengths - completely depending on when the vocals decide to go to the next chord or section.

We're in a 4/4 time signature and at a tempo of 97 BPM.