Learn how to play Time Of Your Life on one acoustic guitar!
‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ is a single by American Punk/Pop sensation Green Day.
The song use simple open position chords with a repetitive picking pattern, creating a meditative effect.
It 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”.
Time Of Your Life chord progression
Time Of Your Life doesn’t break any harmonic rules, the progression only use chords from the key of G.
Here are all the chords for Intro, it’s just a I – IV – V:
| G | Cadd9 D |
The Verse, at first stay on these chords before it finds an Em (chord VI) as well.
| G | Cadd9 D | x2
| Em D | C G | x2
The Chorus move between parallel minor and major before it finish off with a IV – V, like this:
| Em G | Em G | C D |
Only the C chord has been tampered wit, we’ve added an add9 to it. This means you add the note D on string two, fret 3.
Compared with an open position C we also double up the note G on the top string, this is the 5th of the chord so no change has been made, we already play it on the open third string anyway.
Time Of Your Life full lesson!
Get full TAB and in depth explanations of how to play ‘Time Of Your Life’ and what you can learn from it in the Beginner Guitar Course. The full lesson cover:
- The meaning of the chord progression
- The picking pattern
- A 2nd guitar part
- A complete TAB chart
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