Generally, when we put chords in parentheses, it means that there are no real chords being played, but if there were, those would be the chords that would make the most sense. In this case, the chords in parentheses are chords that are being picked. We did it that way to differentiate between the chords that are being gently picked and then the rocking out chords.

We also made a video at the bottom of the song stripped down to just an acoustic guitar to help you (with only one or two minor screw-ups). The first four verse chords (and every time that part repeats) are really just three strings being picked, and we named them the closest thing that would make sense. There are plenty of tabs available online if you want to learn that part exactly (hopefully they are accurate). Here’s a hint, the G (3rd) string is played open in all of the first four “chords.”

As for that Dsus4 during the solo, that’s just a D chord with your pinky adding a note. If you’re playing it open, then your pinky would hold down the 3rd fret of the high E (1st) string. I’m not positive that it’s recorded that way, it’s hard to tell if the rhythm guitar is doing it along with the solo or if only the solo is doing it, but if you watch videos of Billie playing Wake Me Up When September Ends by himself, he does play the Dsus4 there.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at GreenDayChords@gmail.com.

Without further adieu!

Wake me up when september ends chord chart