Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) chords

You can learn how to play Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day!

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) is a single by American Punk/Pop sensation Green Day.

The song uses simple open position chords with a repetitive picking pattern, creating a meditative effect.

This was Green Day’s most simple pop song to date which according to the band, was “the most punk thing we could do at the time”.

In the beginner course, we don’t just learn it as Billie Joe plays it, we also create a 2nd guitar part by changing the key and using a capo. That way, we can play this song together with the singer.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) chords and lyrics

Chords for Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Guitar 1

Here are the chords for the intro.

||: G5 | Cadd9 D5 :||

The verse stays with these chords, all verses are the same.

| G5 | Cadd9 D5 |
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
| G5 | Cadd9 D5 |
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.

The bridge starts on chord VI. The C is not an add9 anymore.

| Em D5 | C G5 |
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why.
| Em D5 | C G5 |
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time.

The chorus moves between relative minor and major as we play an Em chord (chord VI) and a G5 chord (chord I).

| Em G5 | Em G5 |
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right,
| Em D5 |
I hope you had the time of your life.

When it comes to the extending chord of Time Of Your Life, only the C chord has been changed to an add9. This means you add the note D on string two, fret 3.

This is the same extension as we had in Talking About A Revolution, although here, we don’t play the top strong.

Worth noting is that the G chord and D chord are actually 5 chords. This may seem like an accident or not important, but as we create our 2nd guitar part using a capo and the 3rd is included, this all of a sudden becomes a country song!

The sweeping technique

Up to this point in the step by step course, we’ve been mainly strumming. As we play Time Of Your Life, we need to mainly pick each string in a sweeping motion.

In order for this to become not just possible, but easy, you need to practice the chromatic exercise using a sweeping motion.

Do this and you’ll instantly see the results of the exercise practice as you play Time Of Your Life again.

In the course, we sandwich sweeping exercises between practicing the different sections of the song on a loop.

When we play the loops, we do so at different tempos. By practicing both the sweeping exercise and the loops at different tempos, you can learn how to play Time of Your Life.

Time Of Your Life violin solo on the guitar

One of the most fun aspects of playing Time Of Your Life is to play the violin solo, note for note!

This took me a while to work out but the result was well worth it. It does require some fast Pull-Offs in order to sound authentic.

In the course, I’ll show you exactly how to do this so we, in the final step, can play this together with the singer – You’ll play the solo!

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the first video above, starting at 2:32, you find a preview of Time Of Your Life’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this step, you’ll get three examples of how you can play the verse (guitar 1). Below you find the TAB for example 1.

Good RIddance (Time Of Your Life) – Guitar Lessons

The biggest hurdle to overcome here is to pick fast in a sweeping motion. To get better, we practice a sweeping exercise and each section of the song to loops.

Once you can play the complete song, the final challenge lies within playing a 2nd guitar part, including a note for note version of the violin solo.

Go to Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) guitar lessons.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Lyrics

Another 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.

Green Day – Biography

Green Day’s third album, Dookie (94), took the band to superstardom. With fifteen million copies sold, they became everyone’s favorite punk trio.

After a few more albums, Green Day released American Idiot (04). This firmly established them as one of the best-known bands in the world.

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Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


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