Chord And Volume Swell Intro To “21 Guns” By Green Day For Guitar!

Written by admin on April 18th, 2011

Hi all. Here’s a quick lesson on playing the intro to Green Day’s “21 Guns” tune. Check out the video above for a more complete explanation of the introduction to this great song. Basically, you are using the chord shapes below along with your guitar’s volume knob or a volume pedal. And that’s pretty much it! The volume swells add a nice haunting, dramatic quality to the intro which I find very cool. In future lessons I will explore the use of volume swells in other ways which can only benefit your guitar skills…:) As usual, if you have enjoyed this lesson, please leave a comment down below. Take care and keep on rockin’!!!

21 Guns Intro Chords For Guitar

21 Guns Intro Chords For Guitar



19 Comments so far ↓

  1. John Horne says:

    You haven’t watched EVERY video on YouTube??? Geez what a slacker!

    JK! A have a student working on this and will send the link along…thanks!

  2. Emersynn says:

    Hi! John Horne showed me this video because I’m learning 21 Guns on guitar. I just wanted to say thanks for the helpful video! :D

    • admin says:

      Hey Emersynn…thanks for checking out the site and taking John’s advice…:) Glad the lesson could be of come help. Good luck with the song and if you get a chance to video it, Id love to see the outcome. Take care and all the best.


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    • admin says:

      Hi Denis. I really never thought about it but I may look into this at some point. Every little bit would help…:) Take care and thanks for dropping by.


  4. Steve Elger says:

    that was exactly what I was looking for. i’m 13 years old and just begining to learn the guitar and had a hard time trying to get that sound at the start of the song. now i know :0 i’m going to keep o coming back here!

    • admin says:

      Hi Steve and glad I could be of help. If there’s any questions you have about the guitar feel free to shoot me an email and we’ll talk…:)


  5. Daryl Kendel says:

    Awesome!! I saw this on youtube and it was right on! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Terri Hawkes says:

    So that’s how it’s done :) Sweet!

  7. Mark Landress says:

    Many thanks for your entry! Actually I have never come across anything that informative.

  8. Loralee Shiller says:

    I liked this post a lot!!!!!!!

  9. Sam Hepner says:

    Finally! Thanks. It was driving me crazy how he was doing it. Now I know :)