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Lesson notes

Rose Of Cimarron is a Rusty Young composition that was the title tune on Poco's ninth album in 1976. Rusty wrote it for Roy Rogers when the producer for Roy's planned album asked Rusty for a cowboy song. That project was never completed but Rusty's bandmates, Paul Cotton and Timothy B. Schmidt were impressed with the song enough to make it the lead for their next album.

The story of Rose Dunn is long and tragic and is told in the preview to this lesson.

The original recording opened with a 12-string guitar being fingerpicked, and this lesson gets as close as possible to that sound on a standard 6-string.  It can aso be strummed with a flatpick or fingers, and that approach is covered as well. There are not many cords but a couple barre chords are necessary.

The lesson also goes into some passing or connecting bass notes as the chords change.