If you’ve been to as many Green Day shows as we have (or if you’ve watched enough videos of them on YouTube), then you know that this is the part of the song the lucky person selected from the audience to play guitar usually screws up. In many cases they are relieved of their guitar duties at this point. Don’t let that happen to you!

It might look like there is a lot going on, but once you get the hang of it you’ll see it’s actually pretty easy.

Notice the “G#5” chord below. That is the one people tend to screw up. While playing a standard G#5 might keep you from getting thrown off stage, what you really want to do is voice it the way Billie voices it. The way he does it is basically by barring the 4rd and 5th strings on the 4th fret and then holding down the 2nd string on the 7th fret with your pinky. Your barred first finger should also rest on the 3rd string to mute it.

Another option is to play it the way Jason White (back-up guitarist) plays it. He plays the preceding D# way up on the 11th fret, and then transitions into the G#5 also on the 11th fret (first finger on 11th fret of 5th string, then 3rd finger barring (or 3rd and 4th holding) the 13th fret of 3rd and 4th strings.

Got that!?

Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia - Tales of Another Broken Home chords