RING OF FIRE – Guitar Lesson

Some Internet lists rate this classic the #1 country song of all time. Whatever … it is undeniably a great tune! Here's your Ring of Fire guitar lesson!

The Johnny Cash strumming pattern is essentially: one down … followed by a quick down/up … then down/up/down/up.

This pattern works throughout the song.

C                F    C
     Love Is A Burning Thing
C            F        C
And It Makes A Fiery Ring

C            F       C
Bound By Wild Desire

C              G      C
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire


G                     F                 C   
     I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
      F                       C
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
     F          C
The Ring Of Fire
     G            C
The Ring Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A  Child

Ohh, But The Fire Went Wild

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

bob romeo October 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Thank you for being so attentive, hope I can get to playing it
Bob Romeo


admin October 7, 2011 at 8:25 AM

You are very welcome Bob … it’s a nice easy version and there are two approaches to playing the song so should be very doable!


Kevin O'Rourke November 1, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Hey Jackson,  Thanks for all the great tutorials you do.  Amy chance of getting a lesson on "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison?  My favorite Morrison song.


admin November 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

That is a great song Kevin … I’ve added it to my list on songmentor.com


Tom Percy April 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Hey Jackson,
Just wondering how you do that lovely "train track" type sound with the C chord? What type of strumming pattern do you use? If you could let us know whenever you get a chance it would be great. Thanks Jackson.


admin April 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

…. pretty much a continuous up/down strum Tom…. the muting is the key.


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