Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

Poco was one of the pioneering bands in the early days of country rock. Richie Furay and Jim Messina came from the Buffalo Springfield orbit and continued on their path by starting Poco in 1968. Timothy B. Schmidt joined as their bass player the next year and stayed with them until 1977, when he joined The Eagles. Schmidt wrote Keep On Tryin', which appeared on their 1975 album Head Over Heels, which went on to be their biggest hit up to that time. The song was recorded one half step low and featured a simple acoustic guitar accompaniment, along with great harmony vocals.

This lesson is done at standard pitch and starts with a 'Work It Out' segment for the student to figure out the chord progression, so please try that before printing out the chart if you are interested.

It continues with a segment on country style strumming, goes over the progression and some bass run embellishments, and a short Play Through.