Learn How To Play Time of Your Life
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
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 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.
| 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.
| 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.
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.
You can preview these exercises, but in the beginner course, we take it further as well as directly relate it to a song.
This means that you’ll instantly see the results of the exercise practice as you play Time Of Your Life again.
Below you can see how these exercises are intertwined with practicing various aspects of the song.
In this way, step by step, you can learn how to play Time Of Your Life.
We do this in preparation for playing a new song.
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Time Of Your Life – Step 1 (Free Preview)
As the chord progression is pretty fast, take your time. It’s much better if you can play it well at a slow speed than fast but not accurately.
Go to Time Of Your Life step 1.
Sweeping Exercise – Push BPM
Perhaps 20 seconds playing, 10 seconds resting is a good idea.
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Time Of Your Life – Step 2
Practice this exactly as the TAB show, very slowly at first.
Go to Time Of Your Life step 2.
Sweeping Exercise – 16th Notes
Just like when we developed the first chromatic exercise, we now change to 16th notes.
Time Of Your Life – Step 3
This is much more difficult than I assumed, it’s fast!
Go to Time Of Your Life step 3.
Sweeping Exercise – Triplets
And just like before, the downbeat will now start corresponding with different fingers.
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Time Of Your Life – Step 4
The easiest way to do this is to use the same pattern but change the key and therefore chord shapes and apply that capo.
Go to Time Of Your Life step 4.
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After a few more albums and years of touring, Green Day released American Idiot (04). This album firmly established them as one of the best-known bands in the world.
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Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
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Beginner Acoustic Songs
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What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
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