Green Day Biography

Green Day got to the top and stayed there

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Green Day’s third album Dookie was released in ’94 and took the band to superstardom.

With fifteen million copies sold, they were not only everybody’s favorite punk trio but had also started a new American punk trend. Bands like Rancid and Offspring became part of this new musical movement.

After a few more albums and years of touring, Green Day released American Idiot in ’04. This album has firmly put Green Day on the map of super famous bands.

In May 2009, they released 21st Century Breakdown, continuing their political punk crusade. September 2009 saw the unlikely appearance of American Idiot The Musical!

Billy later said he’d love to see American Idiot as a feature film. “I thought American Idiot had a lot in common with something like Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Time of Your Life

Time of your life was originally entitled Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) but it has also been called Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance).

Initially, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song for the breakthrough album Dookie, but it was held back three years for the follow-up album Nimrod. As a single from Nimrod, Time Of Your Life did very well and was the only crossover single with worldwide success from the album.

Some might even say Time Of Your Life kept Green Day in the limelight between Dookie, and American Idiot.

According to bassist Mike Dirnt, Time Of Your Life was, in comparison to the rest of the material on Nimrod, “The most punk we could go”. This has to be credited as sensible punk philosophy.

Billie Joe Armstrong has always had a good pop sensibility that Green Day has managed to pair with their straightforward punk style. Not afraid of commercial hit writing, Green Day’s strength has always been their power-punk super hits.

Guitar Lessons

Time Of Your Life – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Let’s start learning Time Of Your Life.

As the pattern is pretty fast, take your time. It’s much better if you can play it well at a slow speed than fast but not accurately.

Go to Time Of Your Life step 1.

Time Of Your Life – Step 2

It’s time to look at the chorus for Time Of Your Life. It’s only a few bars long.

Practice this exactly as the TAB show, very slowly at first.

Go to Time Of Your Life step 2.

Time Of Your Life – Step 3

In this lesson, we play Time Of Your Life using a strumming pattern.

This is much more difficult than I assumed, it’s fast!

Go to Time Of Your Life step 3.

Time Of Your Life – Step 4

The time has come to create a second guitar part for Time Of Your Life.

The easiest way to do this is to use the same pattern but change the key and therefore chord shapes and apply that capo.

Go to Time Of Your Life step 4.

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Chords and GUitar Lessons

Time Of Your Life ChordsGreen Day’s acoustic punk-pop classic Time Of Your Life is played using a continuous picking pattern.

This will not be the easiest of songs to learn, in the guitar course we play quite a few songs and exercises before we get our teeth into this one.

Go to Time Of Your Life chords and guitar lessons.


Time of Your LifeAnother turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time

Go to Time Of Your Life lyrics.

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