Learn How To Play Cannonball
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar(s) and vocal
The original recording of Cannonball by Damien Rice contains up to six guitars playing different lines. All these parts weave the different melodic lines into each other, creating a dream-like soundscape.
My one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. In the second video from the playlist above, you find a two guitar arrangement. Both arrangements and much more are available in the course.
A capo has been used to get into the same key as the original. What you hear is the key of Bbm, however, you think of Cannonball as if in the key of Em when you have the capo on fret 6.
For the 2nd guitar, the capo is on fret 1, now we must think as if in Am.
The verse chord progression is simple, mainly varying the extensions of the VI chord to add9, min7 and sus4, making the verse clearly in minor.
The chorus chords follow the simple I – IV – V movement which puts the chorus in major.
Thinking as if in the key of Em (capo fret 6), the chords are:
||: Em Emadd9 Em7 | G G/A G/B :||
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 | Cadd9 D6/F# :||
||: G C | Dsus2/A :||
| G Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A | C | Dadd11/A |
||: Cmaj7 | G/B D/F# :II
||: Em :||
Cannonball – Step 1 (Free Preview)
We do this using a capo on fret 6, as well as on fret 1. This means that you have to think first in Em, then in Am.
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Cannonball – Step 2
Again, we practice with the capo on both fret 6 and 1.
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Cannonball – Step 3
We also learn the end in both “keys”, which is super simple.
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Cannonball – Step 4
In this step, we have the capo on fret 6, this means that you must think as if in the key of Em.
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Cannonball – Step 5
We play it with the singer again. Is this easier or harder? It definitely hurts more!
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Cannonball – Step 6
There are TAB loops, but before you can practice along with them, do this slowly and make sure you fully understand the concept.
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Cannonball – Step 7
When you can do it along to the individual TAB loops, play the complete song, first with the singer, then without.
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Cannonball – Step 8
The outro takes the vocal melody and expands on it by adding some fills.
Go to Cannonball step 8.
Go to Cannonball lyrics.
Rice moved to Italy to start afresh, writing songs and busking his way around Europe. Back in Ireland, Rice got in touch with David Arnold and together they recorded the album O.
Go to Damien Rice biography.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, and Wish You Were Here.
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