You can learn how to play Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer!
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. Another song that uses the same harmonic trick is Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
As a capo is used to get the correct chord shapes, what you hear is in the key of Eb, although you want to think of Kiss Me’s chords as if they’re from the key of C.
Kiss Me chords and lyrics – Capo 3
The intro/verse/instrumental and outro sections mainly stay on an open position C chord but change extensions. Below is displayed using the lyrics of the first verse.
| C | Cmaj7 | C7 | Cmaj7 |
Kiss me, out of the bearded barley, nightly, beside the green, green grass.
| C | Cmaj7 | C7 | F/C |
Swing, swing, swing the spinning step, you’ll wear those shoes and I will wear that dress.
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 |
Kiss me, beneath the milky twilight, lead me, out on the moonlit floor.
| Dm G | C G/B | Am G | F/C Fsus2/C | Gsus4 G |
Lift your open hand, strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance, silver moon’s sparkling, so kiss me.
The second instrumental section does play with the extensions by adding a Cadd9 and later on, a Dm7.
| C Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 Cadd9 | C7 | Cmaj7 Cadd9 |
| C Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 Cadd9 | C7 | Cmaj7 Cadd9 |
| Dm Dm7 G | C Am | Dm Dm7 G | C C7 |
Kiss Me 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. This, paired with the chords finally going somewhere harmonically, creates a release that sets off the chorus, clever stuff!
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 your 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 the rhythm of any 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 two steps, you’ll play a 2nd guitar part along with me and the singer as if we were a little band.
Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 5)
In the first video above, starting at 3:31, you find a preview of Kiss Me’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 5’s lesson.
This lesson has 4 examples of how guitar 1 plays the verse, below you find TAB for the first two examples.
Example 1 is the intro, which starts off with a different rhythm on beat 1, bar 1. Other than that, it’s the same concept throughout.
Example 2 is the main verse, very similar to example 1, only beat 1 of bar one and beat 4 of bar 4 is different.
By practicing both examples to loops in the course, you’ll fine-tune your accuracy of the main part. Your aim should be to divide up the strumming, just like the TAB shows.
Kiss Me – Guitar Lessons
Learn the sugar-sweet Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer and you’ll also learn about maj7 and dom7 chords, open position as well as using CAGED shapes.
As if this wasn’t enough, there’s a 2nd guitar part to learn as well so we can play it together.
Go to Kiss Me guitar lessons.
Kiss Me – Lyrics
Kiss 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 – Biography
Sixpence 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.
Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs
You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!
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.
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