One More Cup Of Coffee

One More Cup Of Coffee

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About One More Cup Of Coffee

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 here, 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 small 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 in One More Cup Of Coffee

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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