#1
...but I hope it counts as a 'technique' or I'm in the wrong place

A small amount of background, and them my issue.
I'm mainly a bass player, but I like to think of myself as a proficient guitarist at least in the styles I usually play (blues, hard rock, doom/stoner metal) but I've been getting quite a bit into country recently.

While I'm well aware that a lot more listening and research than I've done needs to go into learning a new genre I've been trying to keep up the enthusiasm by learning a couple of songs.
I've gotten pretty good at Hank IIIs '3 shades of black', it's mainly just flatpicking and my issues are just keeping it clean and not messing up when I sing it, no biggie.

However, my issue is when I started learning Johnny Cash's 'I walk the line' I can't get past the intro. It just doesn't seem to make sense to me. I've looked up tabs, chords and listened to several versions of it and It's kicking my arse so badly I'm embarrassed.

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/johnny_cash/i_walk_the_line_ver4_tab.htm

everything from 'I keep a close...' onwards. The chord sheets tell me it's a B7 then an E but that's not helping my timing and the tab almost seems wrong (tough I'm sure it isn't).

Halp?
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#2
The tab might be wrong.

Are you taking into account that very often, country is played with a capo?

Stay away from Brad Paisley, his playing makes everybody feel stupid.

Are you saying we're on generation three of Hank Williamses? God, I missed that completely.

Johnny Cash' stepdaughter, Carlene Carter, does a super rendition of "Ring of Fire". It's on her album, "Musical Shapes".
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#3
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The tab might be wrong.

Are you taking into account that very often, country is played with a capo?

Stay away from Brad Paisley, his playing makes everybody feel stupid.

Are you saying we're on generation three of Hank Williamses? God, I missed that completely.

Johnny Cash' stepdaughter, Carlene Carter, does a super rendition of "Ring of Fire". It's on her album, "Musical Shapes".


The tab does have 5 stars, so I was assuming it was me. I'm guessing its a timing and/or phrasing issue.

Yeah, the Hanks keep coming I'm a big fan of III.
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Fuck you I'm trying to be caring and shit


Quote by Cb4rabid
Okay guys, I have a confession to make. Not really a confession since it's something that's been bugging me for awhile but I've always been in denial about it.

**** you gilly, it's not what you think
#4
Practice with the song and look for video lessons.
I dont like tab that doesnt have any indication of timing.
Have you tried using GuitarPro/TuxGuitar?
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
#5
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http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/johnny_cash/i_walk_the_line_ver4_tab.htm

everything from 'I keep a close...' onwards. The chord sheets tell me it's a B7 then an E but that's not helping my timing and the tab almost seems wrong (tough I'm sure it isn't).

Halp?


I tried the chords and they sound OK to me

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/johnny_cash/i_walk_the_line_ver3_crd.htm

Have a look at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfsA75CLRMc&feature=related

might help - there's about 50 other lessons and covers for this tune on Youtube so suggest you use their search facility and check out the ones you like.
Last edited by PSimonR at Oct 23, 2011,