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.

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.


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 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 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 as if we we’re a little band.

Kiss Me – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer!

Step 1 (Chromatic exercise with an accent)Step 2 (Chromatic & Sweeping exercises using the rhythm of Kiss Me)Step 3 (Open position maj7 and dom7 chords)Step 4 (CAGED maj7 and dom7 chords)Step 5 (Intro, instrumental & verse)Step 6 (Chorus)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (2nd guitar part).

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.

Go to Sixpence None The Richer – Biography.

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