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Lesson notes

Wake Me Up When September Ends is a song by American punk rock band Green Day, as the fourth single of their seventh studio album ‘American Idiot’ (2004).

It was written by front-man Billie Joe Armstrong about his father, who died of cancer, when he was ten years old.

The lesson shows how Billie Joe performs the song by himself. It covers the progression in the key of G, with mostly open chords and three barre chords. For the right hand is both flatpicking and strumming, which changes back and forth throughout the arrangement.

We also take a quick look at the simple, yet effective guitar solo which he leaves out and strums instead.