Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on January 3, 2011

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day on guitar fast with easy chords options, no complicated theory and without a capo (if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one).

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day (No Capo Beginner Guitar Lesson)

  • Chords: Click Here
  • Chords Used in Lesson: G, A, Em, D and B
  • Easier Chords for Beginners: G, A7sus4, Em7, Dsus4 and E7 (in place of B)
  • Capo Position to match original song: 1st fret
  • Strumming Pattern:
  1. Verse – [Em] Down Down Down Down Up | [G] Down Up Down Down Down Up | [D] Down Up Down Down Down Up | [A] Down Up Down Down Down Up
  2. Chorus – [C]  Down Down Down Down Up | [G] Down Down Down Down Up | [D] Down Down Down Down Up | [Em] Down Down Down Down Up

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” BY GREEN DAY?

Click here for recommended easy chords and lyrics

This song can be played with just 5 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the normal “G”, “A”, “Em”, “D” and “B” chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Capo 1st fret if you have a capo and play the song using the recommended chords. If you don’t have one, transpose the chords in the recommended chord sheet up by half a step to the key of G# (Ab).

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” ON GUITAR?

Another way to play the song is to replace A with A7sus4, Em with Em7 and D with Dsus4. This is an easier way to play if you’re not comfortable with changing chords yet and it also sounds good on Acoustic Guitar.

Also, for people who find it hard to press B, they can try using E7 instead for the time being.

HOW DO I SING “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” exactly the same way as Green Day can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as them, there are many more who can’t.

If you are one of these people then here is some advice for you.

In order to comfortably sing and play the song, you are going to need to transpose the song to a “key” or pitch which you can comfortably sing in.

For example, the original “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” song is sung in the key of G#. If while singing the song you find that you can sing most of the notes but start to strain your voice when trying to sing the high notes, then you need to pick a lower key to sing the song in.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range.

Transposing a song can be done quickly and easily if you have a capo. By clipping the capo at different positions on the neck of the guitar you can change the song key without changing the chords you press.

This is recommended for beginners who want to play guitar songs using only easy chords.

HOW DO I TRANSPOSE AND PLAY “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” ON GUITAR WITHOUT A CAPO?

Below I have transposed the chords for you so just pick a key and use the chords listed below.

Use the recommended chords as a reference and change each chord to their equivalent chord in the song key you want to sing and play in.

For example, if you want to play in the C key instead of the recommended G key, change G to C, A to D, Em to Am and so on. Refer to the list below.

For beginners, my recommendation is to try to use the chords in the C, D or G keys as these don’t use bar chords which can be hard to press if you just started playing:

  1. C Key – C. D, Am, G, E]<–Alternate easy option for beginners
  2. D Key – D, E, Bm, A, F#  <– Alternate easy option for beginners
  3. E  Key – E, F#, C#m, B, G#
  4. F Key – F, G, Dm, C, A
  5. G Key – G, A, Em, D, B <– Easy no capo acoustic/campfire version (recommended chords)
  6. G# Key – G#, A#, Fm, D#, C  <– These are the chords for the original song
  7. A Key – A, B, F#m, E, C#
  8. B Key – B, C#, G#m, F, D#

The song will sound different (higher or lower) for each key so be prepared to adjust your singing to match.

Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the beginner lessons on the site to see if they help
  2. Send me an email through the contact form here and I’ll do my best to help answer your question (silly questions allowed).

Back to the song list!

Original Song – Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day in the key of G#

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

natan January 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

great videos!
whats the Strumming Pattern for this one?
thanks.

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Annonymous.. April 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

Strumming Pattern:
Verse – [Em] Down Down Down Down Up | [G] Down Up Down Down Down Up | [D] Down Up Down Down Down Up | [A] Down Up Down Down Down Up
Chorus – [C] Down Down Down Down Up | [G] Down Down Down Down Up | [D] Down Down Down Down Up | [Em] Down Down Down Down Up

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