One More Cup Of Coffee


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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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.

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 at the studio, at the same time!

In this video lesson, you’ll see me playing the song on just one acoustic guitar.

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 colourful 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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