Green Day - American Idiot Chords & Tabs

 

American Idiot Chords & Tabs

Green Day Chords & Tabs

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American Idiot Tab

   
Artist: Green Day [Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Pritchard, Frank Wright]
Song: American Idiot [Track 1]
Album: American Idiot [September 2004]
Guitarist: Billie Joe Armstrong, Jason White
Tabs By: Jonathon Knodle [noodleman5@msn.com]

Tuning: Standard [e B G D A e]

This is Green Day’s song that brings you back to reality in America.
It was played at the 2005 Grammy Awards Show.  This song is called 
“American Idiot.”  This song contains very easy and basic chords, 
but what makes it difficult is the tempo.  During the solo, work on 
the hammer on and pull off technique.  It is the only way you will 
get the distinct sound of the guitar solo.  Throughout the song, you
will here a distinct high pitch sound at the end of some of the verses.
To get that sound, you must hit the three smallest strings open. Enjoy 
and have fun.

Tempo: Fast = 188

Intro: (Guitar 1 w/ EQ Filter Effect)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x1)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|

Verse: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ distortion)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x7)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|

Chorus: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ distortion)
E|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
B|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
G|-6--------x--------8--------x--------6--------x--------8---| (x1)
D|-6--------6--------8--------6--------6--------6--------8---|
A|-4--------6--------6--------6--------4--------6--------6---|
E|-x--------4--------x--------4--------x--------4--------x---|

Verse: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ distortion)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x6)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|

Chorus: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ distortion)
E|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
B|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
G|-6--------x--------8--------x--------6--------x--------8---| (x1)
D|-6--------6--------8--------6--------6--------6--------8---|
A|-4--------6--------6--------6--------4--------6--------6---|
E|-x--------4--------x--------4--------x--------4--------x---|


Guitar Solo:
(Guitar 1 w/ Distortion (Rhythm Guitar))
E|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
B|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
G|-6--------x--------8--------x--------6--------x--------8---| (x1)
D|-6--------6--------8--------6--------6--------6--------8---|
A|-4--------6--------6--------6--------4--------6--------6---|
E|-x--------4--------x--------4--------x--------4--------x---|
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/g/green_day/american_idiot_tab_ver_4.html ]
(Guitar 2 w/ Distortion (Lead Guitar))
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------33333-5-6-(6)-5—33333/8------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-8888888-66-4--66666-8-6-4-3-------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------8-----------------------------------------------------|
B|------9-------11---------------11-----9--(9)---------------------------------|
G|-8-8-----8-8------8-8-----8-8------8-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------8888888-66-4--66666-8-6-4-3----|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-------------------------------------------------0--------0-----------|
B|-------------------------------9--------9--------0--------0-----------|
G|-33333-5-6-(6)-5--3-(3)/8-8----------------------0--------0-----------|
D|-------------------------------------------------0--------0-----------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|

(Guitar 1 w/ EQ Filter Effect)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x5)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|

Chorus: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ distortion)
E|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
B|-x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x---|
G|-6--------x--------8--------x--------6--------x--------8---| (x1)
D|-6--------6--------8--------6--------6--------6--------8---|
A|-4--------6--------6--------6--------4--------6--------6---|
E|-x--------4--------x--------4--------x--------4--------x---|

(Guitar 1 w/ EQ Filter Effect)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x1)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|



Ending: (Guitar 1 & 2 w/ Distortion)
E|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x----x---| (x3)
D|-6----6----4----6----6----4---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6----4---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4----2---|

(Guitar 2 w/ EQ Filter Effect)
E|-x----x----x----x----x---|
B|-x----x----x----x----x---|
G|-x----6----x----6----x---| (x1)
D|-6----6----4----6----6---|
A|-6----4----4----4----6---|
E|-4----x----2----x----4---|

At the end of some of the verses, you will hear a high pitch noise instead of the F#5.  The tab for this is:
                
E|--0--|      
B|--0--|     
G|--0--|     
D|-----|     
A|-----|     
E|-----|

In case you don’t know what an F#5 is, here it is:
   F#5
E|--x--| 
B|--x--|
G|--x--|
D|--4--|
A|--4--|
E|--2--|

After you hit these strings, you must mute the strings immediately after or else it will sound incorrect.

Legend:
() = Pull Off
/  = Slide Up
\  = Slide Down
x  = Mute
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If you have any questions and comments, please e-mail me at the address above.  Thank you.
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