Kiss Me

Kiss Me

Chords and strumming

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Kiss Me chords and strumming


‘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.

You get a full chord progression analysis, complete with TAB of everything that happens in the video lesson when you take the intermediate course.

Chord progression

The intro/verse/instrumental and outro sections mainly stay on a 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 actually 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.

Find out more about how chord progressions can be manipulated like this using small (but effective) changes to the strumming patterns in the intermediate guitar course.

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Kiss Me – 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
Kiss me, beneath the milky twilight

For complete lyrics, go to Kiss Me lyrics.

Sixpence None The Richer – 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 Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and The La’s ‘There She Goes’.

The band has had both breakups and reunions since their 98′s success of ‘Kiss Me’.

To find out more, go to Sixpence None The Richer biography.


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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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All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

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