Too Much Too Soon
“Too Much Too Soon” is one of a handful of tracks recorded during the making of American Idiot that didn’t make the final cut. It was originally recorded for Cigarettes & Valentines, the lost Green Day album that disappeared after the hard drive full of its master tracks was stolen.
Although it does not appear on the American Idiot album, it is sold as a bonus track of the album on iTunes. It also found its way into the American Idiot musical.
The chords are pretty straightforward in this song. There are only a couple minor things you need to know before diving into this chord chart. First of all, the “!%#” symbol is our way of saying you should hit the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings open briefly to make that chaotic noise sound that Green Day has become fond of since American Idiot.
Also, you’ll notice in the verses we’ve appended a ** next to the F#. The reason for this is because as with just about every Green Day song, there are a few guitars layered. At this point, one of the guitars is doing a little blues maneuver that you might be familiar with. To play it, you basically just go from F#5 to F#6 back and forth. If you’ve ever played a traditional blue song or an old rock song then you know what we’re talking about. It’s basically just playing an F#5 and then you stretch so that your pinky can hold down the 6th fret of the 5th (A) string for a couple down strokes. With your pinky there, you are essentially playing an F#6.
Some other sites that have attempted to write out the chords for this song we’ve noticed have apparently gotten confused by the octaves in this song and added chords where they shouldn’t be. The chord chart below does not attempt to account for the lead/octave parts, it just demonstrates the chords that are played throughout the song.
If you’re wondering why there are no 5 chords in the chart at all, you obviously haven’t read this article!
This song is in standard E tuning.