Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams Guitar Lesson

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In this Boulevard Of Broken Dreams guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this smash hit by Green Day in it’s entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning. E A D G B E

First off, we have two different guitars being used. The acoustic guitar is in standard tuning, but is capoed at the first fret. There is also an electric guitar part that is in standard tuning but doesn’t use a capo. This is also the way Green Day plays it live, (using another guitarist) except sometimes the capoed guitar is done with an electric guitar with a clean tone.

I will demonstrate how to play those acoustic chords with a capo, and without. It sounds better with a capo though because you get to use the open position chords for the strumming.

The song starts with guitar using a tremolo effect to get that stuttering sound. That is followed by the acoustic guitar in the verse. There are some electric guitar melodies in the verse that I will cover as well.

The chorus is when Billie Joe kicks in the distortion, playing a basic power chord progression.

There is a guitar solo using octaves a little later in the song that I will take you through note-for-note.

The ending of “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” is very cool and consists of two guitar parts. The main part is a “mostly” single note riff that uses heavy vibrato throughout. That riff is complemented by the second guitar part playing a sustained octave that gives everything a pretty eerie quality. One of my favorite Green Day moments for sure!

Have fun with this one! #boulevardofbrokendreamsguitarlesson #greenday #guitarcovers



  1. hrmmmm nice reverb


  3. first few chords sounds very Oasis like from the mid 90s

  4. Grat lesson! Do you think you could do a lesson on how to play Eye of the beholder? That would be great!

  5. Carl, name of your guitar mics?

  6. Into the lungs of hell – Megadeth

  7. What a coincidence. Decided to learn this song last week – it's stuck in my head! Boss TR-2 tremolo pedal nails the sound at the beginning.

  8. U should do more videos on nirvana songs

  9. PLease make a lesson from the Solo from Lola MOntez Volbeat


    Thanks .. Such a great tone ❤.. Love from India.. Its only bcz of u i hv
    learned so much songs & techniques. I just cant thank u enough sir..

  11. Please do "Aint It The Life" by Foo Fighters. Im having so much trouble getting the lead parts together 🙁

  12. Can you do Shot Down In Flames by ACDC…

  13. First punk band I liked
    thanks Carl

  14. MattTheMetalGuitarist

    could you please do a lesson on Trust by Megadeth? Thanks Carl

  15. Funny how this song has the same chord progression as wonder wall.

  16. Should give lessons for Ozzy osboun new songs

  17. Can you do bang your head by Quiet Riot

  18. Carl, you're the man!

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