Hanging Tree (Hunger Games) (Instrumental Tab)

James Newton Howard ft. Jennifer Lawrence – Hanging Tree (Tab)

After last week’s two nightmare difficulty posts something much more straight forward this week.

Like the original, I start my version off with just the melody. It’s a great traditionally inspired melody (written by the guys off of The Lumineers) and is plenty strong enough to hold your attention alone. I’m just picking this with my thumb but you can use fingers if you’re comfortable with that.

Then from bar 17 I introduce a few chords but still keep it very minimal. Again, I’m just using my thumb to play these. Strumming down the strings whenever there’s more than one note.


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  1. Liz February 20th, 2015 4:49 pm

    Sounds lovely! They’ve been playing this song to death on the radio here so I was about to skip this tab, but it sounds so nice on the ukulele I think I’ll have to download it anyway :)

  2. Julie February 20th, 2015 5:28 pm

    This really sounds nice on the ukulele. Pleasantly surprised! Love it!

  3. Woodshed February 21st, 2015 9:54 am

    Liz: Glad I could win you over! I don’t listen to the radio so it was pretty fresh to me.

    Julie: Thanks very much!

  4. pheonix February 21st, 2015 4:15 pm

    I love this. I’ve only been playing the uke since xmas having never picked up any other instrument in my life! managed to learn the 1st part, might take a little longer to get the cord part

  5. Woodshed February 22nd, 2015 2:33 pm

    pheonix: Congratulations! That’s great going.

  6. kb February 23rd, 2015 6:12 pm

    Hey, Wood. Really nice, thanks! I’d like to see more straight forward pieces like this one. I’m sure there are many others out there that appreciate a little less complexity yet sounds great.

  7. Woodshed February 25th, 2015 11:45 am

    kb: Glad you like it. I’ll keep that in mind.

  8. Wee March 5th, 2015 3:00 am

    This is nice……. Sound so nice… Thank you very much…….. I like it….

  9. Woodshed March 5th, 2015 8:29 am

    Wee: Thanks very much!

  10. John Dixon March 5th, 2015 9:09 pm

    Thanks Woodshed, at last something really good that is at a pace that I can play,, love it great melody.

  11. Wee Kwong How March 11th, 2015 10:38 am

    I have try it already… this tab is really nice , simple and awesome…

    Thank you very much… I hope you can do THINKING OUT LOUD

  12. Woodshed March 12th, 2015 9:42 pm

    John: Glad you like it!

    Wee Kwong How: Thanks very much!

  13. Wolfme October 11th, 2015 12:02 am

    I haven’t looked through all of your stuff, but I was wondering if you would please consider working on a basic tab for the Taliesin Orchestra & Jessie Daniels version of Rue’s Lullaby (Deep in the Meadow), if you have the time, and if the tune inspires you to do so.

    Thanks either way.


  14. Laurie July 9th, 2016 1:19 am

    Very pretty!

  15. Woodshed July 9th, 2016 1:49 pm

    Laurie: Thanks!

  16. Rob April 17th, 2017 12:23 am

    Lovely song! You have been a great inspiration to me who’s a somewhat newbie uke player.
    Do you also have the tab for elvis’ can’t help falling in love? Have always loved that song.

  17. Woodshed April 17th, 2017 9:54 pm

    Rob: Thanks! I don’t but I’ll keep it in mind for the future.

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