TIME OF YOUR LIFE ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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‘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.
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:
- The meaning of the chord progression
- The picking pattern
- A 2nd guitar part
- A complete TAB chart