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Hey guys, today we’re going to break down “Hurt So Good” by John Cougar Mellencamp.

To start, the song is in A, so we have a one-finger A chord. Then, you’ll play a second A chord to an E as a little guitar fill before the main intro. While holding the A chord, put your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the B string and your ring finger on the 4th fret of the G string. Switch your grip to have your ring finger on the 4th fret of the D string and your index finger on the 2nd fret of the G string with the open A. Then go back to the one-finger A chord. For the intro, play 0-2 on the E string and then open A.

Next, let’s dive into the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus. Start with the A major to E major chords, followed by F# minor and D major. For the little chorus part, play A to E again. Then, play F# minor to D major, followed by E major. The chorus goes A to E, A to E, and D to F# minor.

Now let’s look at the bridge. Play A to D, F# minor to A, and E major to A. For the E blues riff, think of the E power chord (open E and 2nd fret A). On the A string, play 2-2-4-5-2-2-4-5-4-2-2-4-5-2-2-4-5-4. When you’re done with the bridge, you’ll course out with some riffs in between.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson on “Hurt So Good”! See you next time!


Hurt So Good, John Mellencamp

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