Learn How To Play One More Cup Of Coffee
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
One More Cup Of Coffee is a song from Bob Dylan’s fantastic 1976 album Desire.
This simple change pulls us back towards Am more intensely and is the most common variation around. A classical musician may refer to it as the mediant major.
The original recording has a large live band playing, including a violinist. As we recorded our version, a fellow online musician 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!
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 to hear the difference the variation IIIx makes.
In my one guitar arrangement, a few different chord shapes and even extensions have crept 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.
Push The BPM Of A Chromatic Exercise
It’s also a great exercise for warming up, so let’s start with that.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 1 (Free Preview)
Only four chords are used in this song. Instead of feeling at home with chord I, we find our home in chord VI as this song is “in minor”.
Chromatic Exercise on string pairs
It would be a good idea to play at a tempo where 100% accuracy is achieved as speed is a consequence of accuracy.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 2
These are not necessarily what you’d hear on the original recording but put in place to make the arrangement work better on just one guitar.
The String Skipping Chromatic Exercise
You decide what tempo is right for you. Focus on 100% accuracy.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 3
Simply play along with me and the singer in the video. You don’t have to use the same extensions or exact rhythms.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 4
We’ll do this by switching key from C to G and then placing a capo on fret five.
One More Cup Of Coffee – Step 5
I’m playing the big chords, you got your 2nd guitar part, Barry is on violin and Miss Al Brown sings.
Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie
But I don’t sense affection, no gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above
Some might even say he invented modern songwriting.
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Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
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What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
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