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!
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
Time Of Your Life – Green Day
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
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
For complete lyrics, go to Time Of Your Life lyrics.
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.
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
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
‘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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