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“Red River Valley” is a folk song and country music standard believed to be of Canadian origin. The song dates back to the latter part of the nineteenth century and expresses the sorrow of a local woman as her soldier lover prepares to return to the east. Since its inception, it has become a folk classic and has been covered in country, bluegrass and pop genres by a wide range of artists including Gene Autry, Woody Guthrie, Bill Haley, Johnny Cash, the Ventures and Leonard Cohen.

NOTES:

1) Make sure that when you’ve finished the first ending (measure 17), you go back to the beginning of measure 2 (where the repeat sign is) and NOT back to measure 1.

2) At 17:15 (measure 18) I say to pick the open third string with your index finger. This should actually be done with your thumb, as indicated in the tablature.

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Red River Valley

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