So, after the eerie 35 second intro, Extraordinary Girl kicks off. You may be confused by the use of suspended chords below (Asus2, Asus4), let us put you at ease. It is much less complicated than it looks, and learning about suspended chords will help with other songs such as Dookie‘s Sassafras Roots.

The most common way to play an open A chord is starting with the A (5th) string open, then your first, second, and third fingers holding down the 2nd fret of the D (4th), G (3rd), and B (2nd) strings, respectively, and playing the high E (1st) string open. The key to getting all that suspended action right lies in your 3rd finger position. That’s where the magic happens. To turn that A chord into an Asus2, simply lift your 3rd finger up off of the B (2nd) string and sound it open. To play an Asus4, your pinky will need to get in on the action and hold down the next fret of the B (2nd) string, the 3rd fret, while your ring finger gets a brief breather. Or, if it is more comfortable, you could slide your third finger up from the 2nd to the 3rd fret to create the Asus4, but most people find that more difficult.

Get it? Got it? Good.

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE CHORUS

When it comes to that second F#m, you might notice in the song you hear a little fancy picking action. If you would like to implement that, be sure to play the F#m barred way up on the 9th fret, and then do a little picking starting from the B (2nd) string on back. It’s a quick little thing but it adds awesomeness to the song and therefore should not be overlooked.

Extraordinary Girl chords and lyrics, Green Day

Almost forgot, the “%&!$” indicates some of the higher strings being struck open briefly to create that cool noise sound. It’s pretty much the same as in American Idiot, except since this song is in A (American Idiot is in Ab) the strings are actually in the key of the song and give it a less dissonant quality, if only for a brief moment.