You can learn how to play 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 key and using a capo. That way, we can play this song together with a singer.


The chord progression only uses chords from the key of G. For the intro it’s just a simple I – IV – V. In the key of G, with the IV chord extended, become these chords.

| G5 | Cadd9 D |

The verse, at first, stays on these chords before it finds an Em (chord VI) as well.

| G5 | Cadd9 D | x2
| Em D | C G5 | x2

The chorus moves between parallel minor and major (chord VI and I) before it finishes off with a IV – V, like this.

| Em G5 | Em G5 | C D |

Only the C chord has been tampered with, we’ve added an add9 to it. This means you add the note D on string two, fret 3.

Worth noting is that the G chord is actually a G5. 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 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.

This means that you’ll instantly see the results of the exercise practice as you play Time Of Your Life again.

Violin solo

One of the most fun aspects of this song 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-Off’s 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 from 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.

To get all 3 TAB examples for this verse, and access to all other guitar lessons on how to play Time Of Your Life, sign up here.

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 pay the complete song, the final challenge lies within playing a 2nd guitar part, including a note fore note version of the violin solo.

Go to Time Of Your Life – Guitar Lessons.

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.

Go to Green Day – Biography.

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, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.

Latest videos