Kiss Me

Learn How To Play Kiss Me

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


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.

Chord progression

The intro/verse/instrumental and outro sections mainly stay on an open position C chord 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 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.

Chromatic Exercises and 7th Note Chords

The Strumming is fast and syncopated, so just like when we played Blowin’ In The Wind, it’s a great idea to work on the accuracy through playing chromatic and sweeping exercises.

In the course we start with some accents for the exercises, then play the rhythm of Kiss Me, as an exercise. In general, this is a great tip for learning a rhythm of a song.

We also need to ensure you can build maj7 and dom7 chords everywhere using the CAGED system, so we do that too.

Following all this, playing Kiss Me and all its chords, is not actually too difficult. In the final step, you’ll play a 2nd guitar part along with me and the singer.

Guitar Lessons

Chromatic Exercise 2 Accent

In this first step we work towards playing Kiss Me by fine tuning our picking technique.

The video lesson explain this in detail as you get four exercises that move the accent around a chromatic exercise.

Go to Chromatic exercise 2 accent.

Chromatic and Sweeping Kiss Me rhythm

In this step we use the verse rhythm of Kiss Me and apply it to both the chromatic and the sweeping exercise.

To be successful, you must sing the rhythm as you play, especially when you sweep.

Go to Chromatic and sweeping Kiss Me rhythm.

Open Position CAGED Maj7 and Dom7

In this step, we again prepare for playing Kiss Me, this time by looking at how to create those maj, maj7, and dom7 chords.

To fully understand how to do this, we must first do it as open position chords, then as barre chords.

Go to Open position CAGED Maj7 and Dom7.

Barre CAGED Maj7 and Dom7

In this step, we turn an Eb chord into Ebmaj7 and Eb7.

Using barre chords of the CAGED shapes we can easily move up and down the neck like this.

Go to Barre CAGED Maj7 and Dom7.

Kiss Me – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Let’s start playing the song.

First up are the intro, instrumental, and verse sections which all use the extensions maj – maj7 – dom7 – maj7 on a loop.

Go to Kiss Me step 1.

Kiss Me – Step 2

In today’s lesson, we look at the chorus of Kiss Me.

This is pretty difficult for two reasons. It’s fast and you have to find a way to switch between the chords without tripping over.

Go to Kiss Me step 2.

Kiss Me – Step 3

Let’s play the complete song.

You get a chart for this and a video to play along with me and a singer.

Go to Kiss Me step 3.

Kiss Me – Step 4

In this last step, we remove the capo and invent a 2nd guitar part.

Play this with me and the singer and we sound like a band rather than a double booking.

Go to Kiss Me step 4.

Related Pages


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

Go to Kiss Me lyrics.

Sixpence None The Richer

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 Don’t Dream It’s Over and There She Goes.

The band has had both breakups and reunions since.

Go to Sixpence None The Richer biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

Go to Intermediate guitar course.

Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate acoustic songs.


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

We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

Go to Intermediate guitar exercises.

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