When I Come Around

When I Come Around – Green Day Preview Guitar Lesson

Lesson Overview

When I Come Around is possibly Green Day’s most popular song from their 1995 album “Dookie”. This song was one of the first songs I ever had on tape. I listened to it in the car every day on the way to school, so I’m pretty fond of it. The guitar parts are relatively simple and power chord oriented. There are some very quick 16th note power chords that you have to palm mute, followed by the same chord without the palm mute as a chord hit. It’s a really good way to practice the coordination of playing a shuffling rhythm while palm muting with your right hand. The lead guitar part has an arpeggiated melodic pattern outlining a Gsus chord that has a really great sound but isn’t too difficult to play.

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