Kiss Me

Learn How To Play Kiss Me

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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In the course & Complete song


About

Kiss Me is a single from one-hit-wonder 90s band, Sixpence None The Richer.

Using only one chord for the verse, changing in extensions, paired with a repetitive rhythm, Kiss Me builds great tension to release its sugar-sweet chorus.

As a capo is used in this song to get the correct chord shapes, what you hear is in the key of Eb, although you want to think of this chord progression as if it is in the key of C.


Chord progression

The intro/verse/instrumental and outro sections mainly stay on an open position C, but change extensions.

| C | Cmaj7 | C7 | Cmaj7 |

| C | Cmaj7 | C7 | F/C |

The chorus takes off harmonically by starting on chord II, then predictably moving to V – I – VI.

| Dm G | C Am | Dm G | C C7 | Dm G |

| C G/B | Am G | F/C Fadd9/C | Gsus4 G |


Strumming pattern

The strumming pattern is extremely repetitive, apart from in the very first bar. Pair this with the open position C chords on a loop and what you get is a meditative guitar part.

It doesn’t change at all until the chorus. Here it is broken up, having fewer strums over beat one.

This, paired with the chords finally going somewhere, creates a release that sets off the chorus.


Guitar Lessons


Kiss Me – Step 1

Let’s start playing the song.

First up are the intro, instrumental, and verse sections which all use the extensions maj – maj7 – dom7 – maj7 on a loop.

Go to Kiss Me Step 1.


Kiss Me – Step 2

In today’s lesson, we look at the chorus of Kiss Me.

This is pretty difficult for two reasons. It’s fast and you have to find a way to switch between the chords without tripping over.

Go to Kiss Me Step 2.


Kiss Me – Step 3

Let’s play the complete song.

You get a chart for this and a video to play along with me and a singer.

Go to Kiss Me Step 3.


Kiss Me – Step 4

In this last step, we remove the capo and invent a 2nd guitar part.

Play this with me and the singer and we sound like a band rather than a double booking.

Go to Kiss Me Step 4.


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Lyrics

Kiss MeKiss me, out of the bearded barley
Nightly, beside the green, green grass
Swing, swing, swing the spinning step
You’ll wear those shoes and I will wear that dress

Go to Kiss Me Lyrics.


Biography

sixpence-none-the-richer-thumbSixpence None The Richer is a Christian rock band mainly known for their hit single Kiss Me along with covers of Don’t Dream It’s Over and There She Goes.

The band has had both breakups and reunions since.

Go to Sixpence None The Richer Biography.


Course

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

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

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Songs

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

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