Time Of Your Life

Learn How To Play Time of Your Life

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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In the course & Complete song


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.

Chord progression

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.

Guitar Lessons

Time Of Your Life – Step 1

Let’s start learning Time Of Your Life.

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.

Time Of Your Life – Step 2

It’s time to look at the chorus for Time Of Your Life. It’s only a few bars long.

Practice this exactly as the TAB show, very slowly at first.

Go to Time Of Your Life – Step 2.

Time Of Your Life – Step 3

In this lesson, we play Time Of Your Life using a strumming pattern.

This is much more difficult than I assumed, it’s fast!

Go to Time Of Your Life – Step 3.

Time Of Your Life – Step 4

The time has come to create a second guitar part for Time Of Your Life.

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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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

Go to Time Of Your Life Lyrics.


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 (04). This album firmly established them as one of the best-known bands in the world.

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 between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

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Beginner Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these beginner songs on the acoustic guitar.

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.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


Beginner Chord ProgressionWhat do you need to know in order to 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 song?

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