You can learn how to play One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan!

One More Cup Of Coffee is a song from Bob Dylan’s fantastic 1976 album Desire.

The song is in Am and uses one modified chord, an E instead of an Em. Using roman numerals this would be a IIIx instead of just a III chord.

This simple change pulls us back towards Am more intensely and is the most common variation around. A classical musician would refer to it as the mediant major.

The original recording has a large live band playing, including a violinist. As we recorded our version, a fellow online musician got in touch, recorded a violin and sent it over. Back in 1976, they all had to be in the studio, at the same time!


Using a simple falling progression with only one chord modified, the verse of One More Cup Of Coffee goes like this.

| Am | G | F | E |

The chorus is even simpler as it hones in on that IIIx chord.

| F | E | F | E |

Compare by playing an Em instead of an E to hear the difference the variation IIIx makes.

In the beginner course, we create a 2nd guitar part as we place a capo on fret 5, now you have to think of the progression as if in the key of Em.

Once you’ve learned this 2nd guitar, we can play the song together with the violinist and singer in step 8.

Being able to create guitar parts is the only way you’ll be able to fit into a band situation.

Chord extensions

In my one guitar arrangement, a few different chord shapes and even extensions have crept in. The most obvious change is the Amadd9, a lovely chord with lots of tension played around fret 5-7.

By letting the two top open strings ring (a B and an E) in combination with the m3rd (string three, fret 5) we get a very colorful chord.

The E chord is also turned into an E7 at one point.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan!

Step 1 (Chromatic exercise, push BPM)Step 2 (Verse)Step 3 (Chromatic exercise on string pairs)Step 4 (Instrumental, Verse & Chorus)Step 5 (Complete song)Step 6 (String skipping chromatic exercise)Step 7 (2nd guitar part)Step 8 (2nd guitar play along).

One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) – Lyrics

Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie.
But I don’t sense affection, no gratitude or love.
Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above.

Go to One More Cup Of Coffee – Lyrics.

Bob Dylan – Biography

Widely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song.

Some might even say he invented modern songwriting.

Go to Bob Dylan – Biography.

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