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The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy. June Hymn, featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on backing vocals, is the eighth track of their album, The King Is Dead, which was released in 2011. It features an easy chord progression in the key of G and in this lesson we take a look at how to connect chords to each other with ascending and descending bass lines, which happen in lots of songs. Also the hammer-ons, which can be used in many songs, add a very nice touch to it. Colin Meloy plays this song slower when performing it by himself, but the strumming pattern can be a bit challenging since it’s quite fast on the original. It needs to be played randomly, although a few options are presented.