One More Cup Of Coffee

One More Cup Of Coffee

Chords and strumming

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One More Cup Of Coffee chords and strumming


About

One More Cup Of Coffee’ is a song from Bob Dylan‘s fantastic 1976 album ‘Desire’.

The song is in Am and uses one modified chord, an E instead of an Em. Using roman numerals this would be a IIIx instead of just a III chord.

This simple change pulls us back towards Am more intensely and is the most common variation around. According to the Guitar Conspiracy, this is a IIIx chord. A classical musician may refer to it as the mediant major.

The original recording has a large full live band playing, including a violinist. As we recorded our version, a fellow you-tuber got in touch, recorded a violin and sent it over! Back in 1976, they all had to be in the studio, at the same time!

In the two video lesson above, you’ll see me playing the song on just one acoustic guitar. In the step by step course, we explore all the chords, extensions and rhythms you could use when playing it yourself.

We even learn how to create a second guitar part so you can join me, the singer and violin player and play this song together, as a band.


Chord progression

Using a simple, falling progression, with only one chord modified, the verse of ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ goes like this:

| Am | G | F | E |

The chorus is even simpler as it hones in on that IIIx chord.

| F | E | F | E |

Compare by playing an Em instead of an E when you play ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ to hear the difference the variation of IIIx instead of III made.

Take the beginner course and you’ll learn more about chord progressions and songwriting.


Chord extensions

During the full arrangement you find in the video lessons, a few different chord shapes and even extensions creep in.

The most obvious change is the Amadd9, a lovely chord with lots of tension played around fret 5-7.

By letting the two top open strings ring (a B and an E) in combination with the m3rd (string three, fret 5) we get a very colorful chord.

The E chord is also turned into an E7 at one point. Get the full lesson in the beginner course.


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One More Cup Of Coffee – Lyrics

One More Cup Of CoffeeYour breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie
But I don’t sense affection, no gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above
One more cup of coffee for the road

For complete lyrics, go to One More Cup Of Coffee lyrics.


Bob Dylan – Biography

bob-dylan-thumbWidely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song.

Some might even say that he invented modern songwriting. It is difficult to find an artist active post ’60 who has not been heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, directly or indirectly.

To find out more, go to Bob Dylan biography.


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

To see all the lessons in the beginner course, go to the Beginner Guitar Course


Exercises

Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a chord progression of a song?

A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous beginner songs.

‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Rewind’. ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Talking About A Revolution’, ‘Time Of Your Life’, and ‘Wonderwall’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs


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