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Originally written in 1939, "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" was reinvigorated by folk icon Dave Van Ronk in 1960. It’s a classic singer-songwriter tune with a great fingerpicking pattern & an easy chord progression. This is bare bones, old school folk music; vocals & fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Very simple, mournful & world weary.

This song is played out of C major chord shapes with a capo at the 2nd fret, so harmonically we are in the key of D Major. We'll be using basic first position chords as well as barre chords.

I'm happy to be teaching some Travis picking today, please consider my tutorial, "Travis picking advanced" a prerequisite to this tutorial. I go into detail on what I call the "Full Travis pick", including crucial information on fingering and what I call "the position". I'll also offer you some decorating techniques for this song that will translate easily into other songs you might be Travis picking.

We'll be using a shuffle feel for our fingerpick today while emphasizing beats 2 & 4. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" is played in 4/4 time, in the key of D major and at a tempo of 126 BPM.