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Apr 21, 2024 - 2:22:48 PM
10 posts since 4/8/2024

Hello!
I was wondering if someone would be willing to tab out We Shall Overcome, specifically Pete Seeger's version from If I Had a Hammer. I can't post a link to it unfortunately! I play 5 string clawhammer and would sing it in the key Pete does. I find the song very motivating coming from a country battling a number of different issues at the moment.

Thank you in advance to whoever is kind enough to help! Go raibh míle míle maith agat (thanks a million!)

Apr 21, 2024 - 3:31:02 PM
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dbrooks

USA

4665 posts since 3/11/2004

In all of the YouTube videos I have looked at, Pete  plays his 12-string guitar, not the banjo. This one is from the "I Have a Hammer - Songs of Hope and Struggle" recording. Is the one you have in mind? He sings and plays the song in the key of C.

We Shall Overcome (youtube.com)

I'd probably use double-C tuning my self for a banjo version, but a version in G tuning is possible. If there is another recording you have in mind, give more details on where to find it and you may get some help.

David

Apr 22, 2024 - 2:46:33 AM

10 posts since 4/8/2024

Thank you very much David! I’m not great at recognising instruments and didn’t realise it was played on guitar, sorry! Thank you very much for your advice, I’ll have a root around and see if I can find any versions played with a banjo.

Apr 22, 2024 - 3:11:05 AM

10 posts since 4/8/2024

I’ve managed to find two videos I think are similar enough that I should be able to figure the song out!
There’s this once by a school teacher (songs starts at roughly 5 minutes): youtube.com/watch?v=JQAW38fOKC8
And this one in 3-finger style (I think?) that’s a more traditional version: youtube.com/watch?v=LvFURjttZ5U

Apr 22, 2024 - 9:37:31 AM
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dbrooks

USA

4665 posts since 3/11/2004

Give this tab a try. The link below has both melody tab and a matching MP3.

We Shall Overcome Tab - Details and Ratings - Banjo Hangout

Here is a PDF with the lyrics and chords if you just want to strum along.

David


Apr 23, 2024 - 2:52:19 PM

10 posts since 4/8/2024

I've just given this a quick go and it's perfect! Thank you so much David, you've been a massive help.

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