Difficulty: Level I
Length: 5:39
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With our guitar tutorial on Ring of Fire, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Open chords
  • Strumming patterns

Ring of Fire is a classic Johnny Cash song that’s pretty easy to play on guitar. It uses a few basic chords that you should already know from the free basic guitar lessons, as well as an even strumming pattern.

This song is a beginner guitar song, so if you are at an intermediate level, then this song will be really easy. It’ll give you a chance to practice strumming on your acoustic guitar, as well as chord changes. Ring of Fire uses the ever-popular I-IV-V chord progression, so if you are unfamiliar with that, then be sure to watch this lesson and learn this song.

Ring of Fire song details

Ring of Fire was written by Johnny Cash, his wife-to-be, June Carter, and Merle Kilgore. It was originally a single, then released soon afterward on a 1963 compilation album, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. This was Johnny Cash’s biggest hit and won a number of awards.

The song is about June Carter and Johnny Cash falling in love. The term "Ring of Fire" refers to their ominous passion. The music video, which was recorded in 1968, the year the couple got married, features June Carter and her sisters singing backup vocals.

Ring of Fire awards and chart rankings

  • Country Music Television - 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music: #4
  • Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #87

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