Guitar lesson for
Welcome to Paradise
by Green Day • Lesson #322
Get the sheet music(2 pages)
- A properly licensed, print-friendly arrangement is available for individual purchase at Musicnotes.com
- This sheet music was designed & hand-crafted by me (David Potsiadlo) with care, providing you with everything needed to both learn and play this song.
- On the fence? Here's a video guide I made showing the purchase & print process.
Patreon supporters: click here to get the 50% off discount code on this purchase
Hey friends! Here’s a new lesson where I’ll show you a Tyler Childers-inspired arrangement of Green Day’s 1990s classic Welcome to Paradise (via their album “Dookie”). This one takes the raw, backwoods-style acoustic country sound (of Tyler Childers, but also artists like Steve Earle via Copperhead Road) and imagines how that type of guitar playing might be applied to a pop-punk song. The result is what’s in this lesson, and I hope you enjoy!
From a guitar POV, the heart of this arrangement is based on a D-riff (which can be played in Drop-D tuning), similar to that used in Tyler Childers’ Feathered Indians and Whitehouse Road – and also Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road. This results in a droning, raw sound (lots of open D-string) with occasional flourish via reaching your pinky. I also use an occasional A-riff (via hammering-on the 5th string) for added acoustic flourish. I show it all in my video lesson, with tabs!
Timestamps for this video:
- 0:00 Playthrough & lesson overview
- 2:38 Intro D-riff (4 measures w/ tab)
- 11:05 Chord & strumming (verse & chorus)
- 13:41 A-riff during the verse
- 14:39 D-riff during the verse
- 15:22 Chorus melody riff (w/ tab)
Related lessons I’ve made
If you dig this style of playing, here’s related lessons I’ve made – all of these being in the key of D and having a similar outlaw country-ish sound. PDFs for each of these are available via the links below:
- Feathered Indians by Tyler Childers
- White House Road by Tyler Childers
- Copperhead Road by Steve Earle
- Rocky Mountain High by John Denver
- Where Rainbows Never Die by The Steeldrivers
- Honky Tonk Heroes by Waylon Jennings
There’s also these technique videos I’ve made, which may be helpful for this particular song:
Audio of me playing this song
Here’s audio of me playing it:
Lyrics and chords
Again, note this is all one whole-step lower than one Green Day plays. I’m playing it in this key because it fits the country arrangement I’m doing better. See my video for more context here.
INTRO D-riff VERSE D C D ...Dear mama, can you hear me whining D C F A ...It's been three whole weeks since that I have left your home D C D ...This sudden fear has left me trembling D C F A ...'Cause now it seems that I am out here on my own F A And I'm feeling so alone VERSE D F/C G/B Bb Pay attention to the cracked streets and the broken homes D F/C A A Some call it slums, some call it nice D F/C G/B Bb I want to take you through a wasteland, I like to call my home D A (let ring) D [with D-riff] ..............Welcome to Paradise D C D D C F A ...A gunshot rings out at the station... another urchin snaps and left dead on his own D C D ...It makes me wonder why I'm still here D C F A F A ...For some strange reason, it's now feeling like my home, and I'm never gonna go [D] Pay attention to the [F] cracked streets [G] and the broken [Bb] homes [D] Some call it [F] slums, some call it [A] nice... [A]... I [D] want to take you [F] through a wasteland, I [G] like to call my [Bb] home [D].... [A]... Welcome to [D] Paradise [with D-riff] [ instrumental chorus w/ breakdown & build-up ] D C D ...Dear mother, can you hear me laughing? D C F A ...It's been six whole months since that I have left your home D C D ...It makes me wonder why I'm still here D C F A F A ...For some strange reason it's now feeling like my home, and I'm never gonna go [D] Pay attention to the [F] cracked streets [G] and the broken [Bb] homes [D] Some call it [F] slums, some call it [A] nice... [A]... I [D] want to take you [F] through a wasteland, I [G] like to call my [Bb] home [D].... [A]... Welcome to [D] Paradise [with D-riff]
Green Day’s version of this song
Get my lessons in your inbox!
Every couple weeks I send out an email newsletter with links to whatever new lessons I've made. Sign up here and stay in the loop!
Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!
If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).
Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!
Recent video lessons:
📝 My "song" PDFs are now individually purcasheable! I've arranged a licensing agreement with Musicnotes, a service that lets you buy sheet music. Patreon suppoters get 50% off each purchase. Get the latest info here » (last updated July 1, 2021)
November 24, 2021
In this video I answer a patron question about how to add a walking bassline to a fully strummed chord (in the Key of C).
October 14, 2021
A quick guide to tuning all your strings down 1/2 step (E-flat tuning), which is a very common alternate tuning used in many songs.
October 2, 2021
A quick inventory of 8 different ways to play the dreaded F chord, 7 of which are easier than the dreaded six-string barred version.
September 28, 2021
A quick exercise where I share over 10 riffs based on a single arpeggio shape, using major 7th chord tones. Backing track included!
September 19, 2021
A deep dive into everything you need to know when playing in the Key of C: notes, chords, fretboard map, tips & tricks, easier ways to play the F chord, and plenty more.
September 12, 2021
A deep-dive into the common positions of the major scale, and how they each relate to the CAGED chord shapes... which makes it all easier to understand!
Browse my all lessons
By lesson type
By song decade
By musical genre
By guitar technique
By musical key
By popular artist
- Johnny Cash
- Tyler Childers
- Tom Petty
- Neil Young
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Willie Nelson
- John Denver
- Guns N' Roses