So if you’re walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare
As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in there, hello.”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nd6fgL-jv0]Red Rocks, 6 June 2008

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6z0I5aBeXU]”How I Fingerpick ‘Hello In There”

Hello Out There!

Quite a few nice people have been asking for clarification about how I play this song- probably because my first attempt at a video demonstration wasn’t very thorough or as helpful as I had hoped.

With any luck, a better guitarist and teacher will come along at some point with a proper “Hello In There” lesson, but until then I hope that this video is of help to those trying to learn my favorite John Prine song.

I’ve attempted to deconstruct each part of the way I play the signature introduction/instrumental part of the song. The verses use the same chord progression as this intro, but with a slightly simpler picking pattern.

The chords:
Intro/instrumental and verse: G Am D7 (play twice) then D6, which is xx0432, then C G and D.

Chorus: F G F G D6 C G D G.