Summary: One Kiss

This song is Calvin Harris's collaboration with Dua Lipa, and is a great summer feel pop hit! The song itself doesn't contain any guitar parts, but Simone has stripped back the layers to find the main chords and the main rhythm you can use to adapt this to the guitar. It's a great lesson for beginners and intermediate players alike.

The Chords: Without A capo

We will start by walking through the main chord set for the song, and we can play them all without a capo in the open position (with the exception of the second chord). The main chord shapes are as follows.

The Rhythm: With a pick

With the chords above our main strumming pattern uses a 16th note count. This is because it is a quick strumming pattern as the song does move at quite a pace! You have many options for how to strum the progression, but Simone recommends the following strumming pattern (check out the video for more information):

You essentially use this pattern on each chord before changing chord, with the exception of the last bar, where you change the chord between the beats. the chord chart is therefore as follows:

Am /// Bbmaj7 /// Fmaj7 /// Fmaj7 / Dm / (repeat)

The Chords: The bridge

Now then, there is another section to the song, which we will call the bridge. You can use the same strumming pattern, or even just revert to one strum per bar, but the chords are as follows:

These chords loop around 4 times in the bridge and then you return to the main loop. The loop is as shown below, and remember to continue using the same groove!

Fma7 /// G /// Am /// Am / Bb / (repeat 4 times)

Using a capo: The chords

If the two Bb chords really make you sweat and you'd rather avoid them, here is alternate version using the capo on the 5th fret. Remember that when you put the capo on you 'pretend't he guitar starts from the 5th fret, so you would say E minor chord when you use an E minor open shape, rather than saying Am chord (even though it is in fact, by sound, an A minor chord!). Here are the capo chords (for verse and bridge):

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