Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel Guitar Lesson

Learn how to play “Don’t Be Cruel” as performed by Elvis Presley with this free guitar lesson. This song was written by Otis Blackwell and then recorded by Elvis back in 1956. It is by far one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time and made Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. You can read more about the history behind this song over at Wikipedia.

There are a number of different versions of this song floating around, but the video lesson below is by far my favorite. Whether it is 100% correct or not is another story. I just find it easy to follow for beginners and it sounds very close to the original. It gets the job done!

This is a fairly easy guitar song for beginners. Only a couple of points to this song that may be a bit challenging for you. One is the F Chord and the other is the strumming pattern. Don’t close this window now and move on to another song simply because I mentioned the words “challenging” and “F Chord”. Here is a great lesson on how to play an easy version of the F Chord. Don’t let the strumming scare you away either. Just take your time and go slow in the beginning and eventually it will become second nature.

You will need a capo to play this version of the song. Not sure what a capo is or how to use one? Click here for a lesson on how to use a guitar capo for beginners.

Don’t Be Cruel Video Guitar Lesson

A big thanks to YourGuitarSage for providing this video guitar lesson on Don’t Be Cruel. You can learn more about him and see more excellent video lessons over at his YouTube Page.

As Performed by Elvis Presley


Additional Resources

More information on this song from Wikipedia

Don’t Be Cruel Guitar Chords and Lyrics

Download Elvis Presley Songs From iTunes