American Idiot rhythm guitar lesson

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Ab5 466xxx
Ab5 466xxx
Db5 x466xx
Db5 x466xx
Gb5 244xxx
Gb5 244xxx
0 xx000x
0 xx000x
0* 000xxx
0* 000xxx
Eb5 x688xx
Eb5 x688xx
How to read these chord schemes

1 - chord name, 2 - chord designation, 3 - chord scheme

Chord name

There is the name of a chord before the symbols. If it's "*" added to a name, it means that this chord is played in different positions during the song.

Chord designation

There are 6 symbols in a designation, read it from left to right. The first symbol defines the thickest string (6th string), the second symbol defines 5th string and so on.

"0" means open string

"x" means this string isnt played

"Number" means number of a fret.

Example:

x02220

6th string isnt played
5th string is open
4th string is played on 2nd fret
3rd string is played on 2nd fret
2nd string is played on 2nd fret
1st string is open

Chord scheme

Imagine that you are looking at the fret while playing guitar - the closest string to your eyes is the 6th, the thickest string. There are 6 horizontal lines defines strings, the upper one is the thinnest string (1st string).
And there are 4 lines defined frets - no exact frets numbers defined.
In some schemes there is a thick line on the left - it defines the nut.

  • "0" means open string
  • "x" means this string isnt played
  • Fat dots mean fingers positions

Example:

G5 355xxx

INTRO
Ab5  Db5  Gb5  Db5  Ab5  Gb5
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
x2

VERSE 1 0
Don't wanna be an American idiot.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
0*
Don't want a nation under the new media.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
0*
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
0*
The subliminal mind fuck America.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0*
CHORUS
Db5
Welcome to a new kind of tension.
Ab5 Eb5
All across the alien nation.
Ab5
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Db5
Television dreams of tomorrow.
Ab5 Eb5
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.

For that's enough to argue.
BRIDGE
0*
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0

VERSE 2 0*
Well maybe I'm the faggot America.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
0*
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
0*
Now everybody do the propaganda.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
0*
And sing along in the age of paranoia.

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0*
CHORUS
Db5
Welcome to a new kind of tension.
Ab5 Eb5
All across the alien nation.
Ab5
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Db5
Television dreams of tomorrow.
Ab5 Eb5
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.

For that's enough to argue.
BRIDGE 2
0*

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
x2


SOLO
Db5 Ab5 Eb5 Ab5
Db5 Ab5 Eb5
VERSE 4
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0 x2

Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
Don't wanna be an American idiot.
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
One nation controlled by the media.
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
Information nation of hysteria.

It's calling out to idiot America.

CHORUS
Db5
Welcome to a new kind of tension.
Ab5 Eb5
All across the alien nation.
Ab5
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Db5
Television dreams of tomorrow.
Ab5 Eb5
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.

For that's enough to argue.

OUTRO
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 0*
Ab5 Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5 Gb5
Ab5
Db5 Gb5 Db5 Ab5


Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Music by Green Day
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