Cannonball chords



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 enhances what the first one is already doing.

In the advanced acoustic guitar course, I teach you all the parts step by step. Practice all of this and you’ll be in a position where 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, we now play the first chord as an Am instead of an Em chord.


Cannonball chords and lyrics – Capo 6


Chords for Cannonball – Guitar 1

The verse chord progression is simple, mainly varying the extensions of the VI chord to add9, min7, mb6, and sus4, making the verse at home in Aeolian.

It’s difficult, maybe even impossible to describe these extensions as chord boxes, which is what you see above. For example, as you see below, there’s a Cadd9, but the boxes show a C and a Csus2.

The reason it’s better to describe the chord as a Cadd9 is because we play both of these chords, one after another. This means we hear both a 2/9 and a 3rd, this makes it a Cadd9. Clearly, it’s better to see these moving extensions as TAB, you get this in the course.

The chorus chords follow the simple I – IV – V movement which puts the chorus in major. Again, there are quick movements between the extensions of the chord, making it hard, maybe even misleading, to describe them as isolated chords.

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 for the intro, instrumental section, and verses are all the same. Below you see them using verse 1’s lyrics.

Verse 1

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth.
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt.
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |
It’s still a little hard to say, what’s going on.

The chorus moves to major and looks like this.

| G C | Dsus2/A | G C | D Dsus4 |
Stones taught me to fly, love taught me to lie.
| G C Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A | C | Cadd9 Csus2 Dadd11/A |
Life taught me to die, so it’s not hard to fall, when you float like a cannonball.

There is also a chorus tag.

| Cmaj7 C | G/B D/F# | Cadd9 C | G/B D/F# |
| Cmaj7 C | G/B D/F# |

Finally, the end is just an Em on repeat.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 1)

In the first video above, starting at 4:35, you find a preview of Cannonball’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 1 of the course.

In this first step, we pair the verse melody with the chords. Below, there’s TAB for this using a capo on fret 6.


Cannonball – Guitar Lessons

When we learn Cannonball, we do it by playing using a capo both on fret 6 and 1. Each position gives us different advantages, put together we get a great 2 guitar arrangement.

As well as playing the song, we also practice the Aeolian mode.

Go to Cannonball guitar lessons.


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.


Advanced Acoustic – 10 Songs

You can learn how to play these 10 advanced acoustic songs!

Angels, Blackbird, Cannonball, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, and Wish You Were Here.

Go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.