Band Song 16 - Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

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Here's how to play Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day on electric guitar!

The intro (or all of this song in fact) can be played on acoustic guitar. See my acoustic guitar tutorial for this song further down this page!

In the electric tutorial below, I go between a clean setting and an overdrive setting (using my channel changing amplifier) and then use an overdrive pedal (Ibanez ts808 tube screamer) for the solo!

This video is party of the Andy Guitar Band Program where after following the tutorial below you can jam along to a full live band with Andy in the video!

This aims to help those who struggle to jam along to full songs and to also help those who have the ambition to play in a band one day. I hope it helps!

Song breakdown

Section A - Intro and verse riff

Most of this song is comprised of a riff based around the G major chord with a descending root note on the D string. There is then a C major chord, C minor and G chord in every verse.

Section B - "Here comes the rain again"

The chords are Em - Bm - C - G (G/ F sharp) - Em - Bm - C - D

Wake Me Up When September Ends - acoustic tutorial

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Andy Guitar Band - Live cover of '..When September Ends'

Here's the live cover alone so you can jam along to the live band without having to search through the tutorial video. Use this video to practicing jamming along to full songs - enjoy jamming along!

***Video coming soon!***

Get more help

Need more help than this tutorial provides?

Check out some of Andy's recommended courses below.

>> Power chords and rhythm help - Andy's Improver Course

>> Lead solo help - Andy's Lead Guitar Course

Next Up: Band Song 17 - My Sharona by The Knack

Well done! Let's jump into the next lesson of the course.