Time Of Your Life

Time of Your Life

Chords and strumming

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Time Of Your Life chords and strumming


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

Chord progression

The chord progression only uses chords from the key of G. For the intro it’s just a simple 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.

Learn how to play Time Of Your Life on Acoustic Guitar

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:

  • The meaning of the chord progression
  • The picking pattern
  • A 2nd guitar part
  • A complete TAB chart

Related Pages

Time Of Your Life – Green Day

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
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right

For complete lyrics, go to Time Of Your Life lyrics.

Green Day

green-day-thumbGreen 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 and years of touring, Green Day released ‘American Idiot’ in ’04. This album firmly established them as one of the best-known bands in the world.

To find out more, go to Green Day biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

To see all the lessons in the beginner course, go to the Beginner Guitar Course


Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a chord progression of a song?

A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous beginner 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’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs

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