Time Of Your Life

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 uses 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”.

In the video lesson, you’ll see how to play the entire song, including the mistake in the intro from the original recording!


Chord progression

‘Time Of Your Life’ doesn’t break any harmonic rules, the progression only uses chords from the key of G.

Here are all the chords for intro, it’s just a I – IV – V, which in the key of G becomes:

| G | Cadd9 D |

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

| G | Cadd9 D | x2
| Em D | C G | x2

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

| Em G | Em G | 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.

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 3rd string anyway.

In this video lesson, you’ll see a close-up of the right-hand. When you take the course we use both video lessons as well as TAB to learn ‘Time Of Your Life’ to perfection.


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 course. The full lesson cover:

  1. The meaning of the chord progression
  2. The picking pattern
  3. A 2nd guitar part
  4. A complete TAB chart
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