You can learn how to play Cannonball by Damien Rice!

The original recording of Cannonball by Damien Rice contains up to six guitars playing different lines. All these parts weave the different melodic lines together, creating a dream-like soundscape.

My one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You could learn this and play the song on just one guitar. However, there is also a two guitar arrangement available. Here the 2nd guitar enhance what the first one is already doing.

In the advanced acoustic guitar course, this means you, me and the singer can play this song together.

A capo is used to get into the same key as the original for both guitar parts. 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.

This switch between a minor verse and a major chorus is pretty common in modern songwriting. Roxanne and Dreadlock Holiday are merely two more examples.

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 |

Chorus tag

||: Cmaj7 | G/B D/F# :II


||: Em :||

Cannonball – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Cannonball by Damien Rice!

Step 1 (Verse, capo 6 & 1)Step 2 (Chorus, capo 6 & 1)Step 3 (Tag, capo 6 & 1)Step 4 (Complete song, capo 6)Step 5 (Complete song, capo 1)Step 6 (Aeolian, master exercises)Step 7 (Vocal melody)Step 8 (2nd guitar part).

Cannonball – Lyrics

Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth.
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt.
It’s still a little hard to say, what’s going on.
There’s still a little bit of your ghost your witness.

Go to Cannonball – Lyrics.

Damien Rice – Biography

Originally, Rice was a member of Juniper but on the evening of recording their first full album, he changed his mind and left the band.

Damien fled to Italy to start afresh, writing songs and busking his way around Europe.

Go to Damien Rice – Biography.

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