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Welcome to Throwback Thursday’s where I teach you a classic hit from the last 4-5 decades! This week, I’ll be covering a 21 Guns Tutorial from Green Day! I never really was a fan of this song before having to learn it for the lesson, but wow I’m hooked on this song now! It’s so fun to play!

As with most Green Day songs, the guitar work features a lot of power chords. There’s also a great solo in the bridge of the song which i’ll also teach you in this video.

At the end of the video i’ll be playing through the entirety of #21guns with a vocal track on top for you to play along to. Enjoy! Like this #21guns video by #greenday and subscribe to the channel for more videos in the future!

-Dave T


[Intro] 
e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-6-------3-------|-10------5-------| 
G|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|  x2
A|-5-------1-------|-8-------3-------| 
E|-----------------|-----------------| 

[Verse]
   Dm      F         Bb      C   
e|-1---1-1-1---1-1-|---------0-0-0-0-| 
B|-3---3-3-3---1-1-|---------1-1-1-1-|
G|-2---2-2-2---2-2-|-3---3-330-0-0-0-|
D|-0---0-0-3---3-3-|-3---3-332-2-2-2-|   x3
A|-----------------|-1---1-113-3-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   
   D   D D D   D D   D   D DUD D D D 

   Bb                C
e|-----------------|-0---0--00-0-0-0-|
B|-----------------|-1---1--11-1-1-1-|
G|-3---3--33-3-3-3-|-0---0--00-0-0-0-|
D|-3---3--33-3-3-3-|-2---2--22-2-2-2-|
A|-1---1--11-1-1-1-|-3---3--33-3-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  
   D   D  UD D D D   D   D  UD D D D

   Dm      F         Bb      C   
e|-1---1-1-1---1-1-|---------0-0-0-0-| 
B|-3---3-3-3---1-1-|---------1-1-1-1-|
G|-2---2-2-2---2-2-|-3---3-330-0-0-0-|
D|-0---0-0-3---3-3-|-3---3-332-2-2-2-|   x3
A|-----------------|-1---1-113-3-3-3-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   
   D   D D D   D D   D   D DUD D D D 

   Bb                            C
e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-3---------------|-------------5---|
D|-3---------------|-------------5---|
A|-1---------------|-------------3---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  

[Chorus 1]
   F5      C/E       D5      C5        Bb5     F5        C5 
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-----------------|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55| 
D|-3-3-----2-2-----|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55|   x2 
A|-3-3-----3-3-----|-5-5-----3-3-3-33|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-333-3-3-33| 
E|-1-1-----0-0-----|-----------------|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
   D D     D D       D D     D D D DU  D D D D D D D D   D D D DUD D D DU 
 
   Bb5     F5        C5 
e|-----------------|------------------| 
B|-----------------|------------------| 
G|-3-3-3-3---------|-5----------------| 
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5----------------| 
A|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3----------------| 
E|---------1-1-1-1-|------------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
   D D D D D D D D   D
 
[Chorus 2]
   F5      C/E       D5      C5        Bb5     F5        C5 
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-----------------|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55| 
D|-3-3-----2-2-----|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55|   x2 
A|-3-3-----3-3-----|-5-5-----3-3-3-33|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-333-3-3-33| 
E|-1-1-----0-0-----|-----------------|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
   D D     D D       D D     D D D DU  D D D D D D D D   D D D DUD D D DU 
 
   Bb5     F5        C5 
e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| 
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| 
A|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-| 
E|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
   D D D D D D D D   D D D D D D D D

[Bridge] 
   D5      Bb5       F5      C5            D5      Bb5       F5      A5 
e|-----------------|-----------------|  e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|  B|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-7-7-----3-3-----|---------5-5-5-5-|  G|-7-7-----3-3-----|-----------------| 
D|-7-7-----3-3-----|-3-3-----5-5-5-5-|  D|-7-7-----3-3-----|-3-3-3-3-7-7-7-7-| 
A|-5-5-----1-1-----|-3-3-----3-3-3-3-|  A|-5-5-----1-1-----|-3-3-3-3-7-7-7-7-|  x2 
E|-----------------|-1-1-------------|  E|-----------------|-1-1-1-1-5-5-5-5-| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +    

   Bb5               C5 
e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| 
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| 
A|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-| 
E|-----------------|-----------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
 
[Solo Rhythm] 
   F5      C/E       D5      C5        Bb5     F5        C5 
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-----------------|-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55| 
D|-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-|-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55|    x2 
A|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-7-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-333-3-3-33| 
E|-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------| 
 
e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-3-3-3-3---------|-----------------| 
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| 
A|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| 
E|---------1-1-1-1-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| 
 
[Solo Lead]
[solo] 
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|-------10----8--8/10---------------------------3---1-------------------------| 
G|----------10---------10---7-10-7-9--9/10-7---3---3---2----/9---9---9-10-10/12| 
D|----10-------------------------------------------------3---------------------| 
A|--8--------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
B|-------10----8--8/10---------------------------3---1--------------------11/13| 
G|----------10---------10---7-10-7-9--9/10-7---3---3---2----/9---9---9-10------| 
D|----10-------------------------------------------------3---------------------| 
A|--8--------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
 
e|---------------------------------| 
B|----3-----1----------------------| 
G|------3-----2----/9---9---9---9--| 
D|--3-----------3------------------| 
A|---------------------------------| 
E|---------------------------------| 

[Interlude] 
e|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-6-------3-------|-10------5-------| 
G|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-----------------|-----------------|  x2
A|-5-------1-------|-8-------3-------| 
E|-----------------|-----------------| 
 
[Chorus 3]
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-----------------|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55| 
D|-3-3-----2-2-----|-7-7-----5-5-5-55|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-555-5-5-55|   x4 
A|-3-3-----3-3-----|-5-5-----3-3-3-33|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-333-3-3-33| 
E|-1-1-----0-0-----|-----------------|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------| 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 
   D D     D D       D D     D D D DU  D D D D D D D D   D D D DUD D D DU 
 
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
G|-3-3-3-3---------|-5---------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5---------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
A|-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
E|---------1-1-1-1-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| 
 
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[Intro]
Dm Bb F C
Dm Bb F C

[Verse]
Dm     Bb                F        C
Do you know what's worth fighting for,
Dm        Bb        F      C
When it's not worth dying for?
Dm      Bb        F      C
Does it take your breath away
Bb                         C
And you feel yourself suffocating?
Dm       Bb         F       C
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
Dm        Bb       F        C
And you look for a place to hide?
Dm      Bb             F      C
Did someone break your heart inside?
Bb                        C5
You're in ruins

[Chorus]
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5
Lay down your arms
F5          C5
Give up the fight
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5  F5       C5
Throw up your arms into the sky,
Bb5   F5    C5
You and I

[Verse]
Dm          Bb     F          C
When you're at the end of the road
Dm      Bb       F        C
And you lost all sense of control
Dm        Bb           F           C
And your thoughts have taken their toll
Bb                                       C
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul
Dm   Bb             F      C
Your faith walks on broken glass
Dm      Bb       F       C
And the hangover doesn't pass
Dm        Bb   F        C
Nothing's ever built to last
Bb                 C5
You're in ruins.

[Chorus]
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5
Lay down your arms
F5          C5
Give up the fight
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5  F5       C5
Throw up your arms into the sky,
Bb5   F5    C5
You and I

[Bridge]
Dm      Bb     F            C
Did you try to live on your own
Dm       Bb               F        A
When you burned down the house and home?
Dm      Bb         F           A
Did you stand too close to the fire?
Bb                           C
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone


[Solo]
F5 C/E D5 C5 Bb5 F5 C5
F5 C/E D5 C5 Bb5 F5 C5
Bb5 F5 A5


[Break]
Dm Bb F C
Dm Bb F C

[Verse]
Dm        Bb       F           C
When it's time to live and let die
Dm      Bb        F       C
And you can't get another try
Dm         Bb         F         C
Something inside this heart has died
Bb                 
You're in ruins.


[Chorus]
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5
Lay down your arms
F5          C5
Give up the fight
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5  F5       C5
Throw up your arms into the sky
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5
Lay down your arms
F5          C5
Give up the fight
F5   C/E  D5
One, 21 guns
C5            Bb5  F5       C5
Throw up your arms into the sky,
Bb5   F5    C5
You and I