A Summer Classic

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A Summer Classic


Perlmutter, Adam, Acoustic Guitar


The Spirit Family Reunion might be based in Brooklyn, but this Americana group has little in common with its art-rock counterparts in the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods of that New York City borough. The ensemble's old-timey music, which it calls "open-door gospel," has the string-band instrumentation of guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and washboard, supporting a wall of harmonized vocals, as is heard on the excellent new song "Wake Up, Rounder!," from the recent album Hands Together.

The song kicks off with a riff played on the five-string banjo by Maggie Carson. It works just as well on the guitar and is shown here in notation and tab. Situated neatly in the open position, it shouldn't be too difficult to play-if the E minor chord in the fourth bar feels awkward, you can play just the highest note, the open first string. …

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