Time of your Life (Good Riddance) By Green Day Guitar Lesson

Learn how to play the song Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day with the free guitar lesson below.  This song is from the album Nimrod released in December of 1997.

I must admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of Green Day until after they released this single. Once I heard this song, I began to appreciate their other music a bit more.  This song is easy to play yet has the ability to be very “catchy” and can stick in your head for days… Don’t you love songs like that?

As David explains in the video below, the original song is played using an arpeggio technique.  An arpeggio in guitar is when you play each note of a chord separately instead of strumming them all at once.  If you are just starting out, that my be too difficult for you, so you can just have fun with this song and play the chords only.  Watch the lesson below for more information on how to do this.

Video Lesson

A big thanks to David Taub of Next Level Guitar for creating the guitar lesson below!  You can learn more about Next Level Guitar by following this link.  As David explains in the video lesson below, there are only 4 chords in this Time of your Life (Good Riddance) By Green Day Lesson:  G Major, CAdd9, D Major and E Minor (Click each hyperlinked chord for a lesson on how to play them).

As Performed By Green Day

Additional Resources:

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Time of Your Life Chords and Lyrics

Time of Your Life Guitar Tab

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24 Comments on "Time of your Life (Good Riddance) By Green Day Guitar Lesson"

  1. Homar Alvarado on Wed, 18th Feb 2009 2:32 pm 

    Very cool. Thanks for the site.

  2. rserpe on Wed, 18th Feb 2009 3:00 pm 

    Hello Homar,

    You are welcome. I am happy you like the site.


    – Ralph

  3. Ronan on Sun, 8th Mar 2009 1:36 am 

    yea i agree with homar! excellent site !
    im only a newbie !!! dont have a clue how to play and that really helped me alot !! great u guys are doing something like this

    thanks guys

    but just one thing could you please put one up of jason mraz- im yours !! love if you could

    u guys are awesome

  4. rserpe on Mon, 9th Mar 2009 4:04 pm 

    Hey Ronan,

    I appreciate the positive comments. Your wish is my command! Here is the link to the Jason Mraz song you requested.



  5. Allex on Sat, 25th Apr 2009 8:28 am 

    Thank you a lot, i like the song soo much, you make one man happy :)
    Thank you soo much :) !!!

  6. Neil Hobbs on Sun, 14th Jun 2009 7:33 pm 

    Hey guys.
    Thank you thank you thank you. I have been tyring to learn the guitar for years and you guys are actually getting me playing some stuff. Fantastic, keep up the good work on this great site

  7. Kelly on Wed, 17th Jun 2009 10:52 pm 

    i lovee this site!!!!! soo much!
    but what is the last chord playedd??

  8. Sombe on Mon, 27th Jul 2009 5:34 pm 

    Where is the next part of the song with the different picking pattern

  9. Les..but u can call me Ozzy...lol on Sun, 9th Aug 2009 6:09 pm 

    very cool tune..Greenday works for me…as “NEW” music…lol different from “OLD” country…but i enjoy playing all..thx for your help with the newer stuff in MY repetoire…

  10. tim on Wed, 19th Aug 2009 5:53 am 

    Hey mate i found your video very helpful, its a really easy song to get down for beginners!

  11. Emy on Wed, 26th Aug 2009 5:14 pm 

    COOL i realy like the stuff you do , you explain really well :)thanks a lot ^_^

  12. Victoria on Fri, 23rd Oct 2009 4:12 pm 

    W-o-W Your lessons are better than my guitar teacher =.=. lol I replayed it until I got it ^^. Thx for doing step by step :D.

  13. Jordan on Sun, 1st Nov 2009 9:09 pm 

    I think im getting somewhere :d Thanks dude 😀

  14. Devon on Mon, 4th Jan 2010 2:29 am 

    Holy crap you guys are AMAZING!!! I’ve been playing guitar for a while now and havnt been able to play a song until I saw this video. I’m wondering, are you going to be showing us how to do the arpedgeo? Thanks for putting an effort into helping us learn guitar keep up the awsome work!

  15. René on Mon, 15th Feb 2010 2:22 am 

    hey thx great help:)

  16. Elizabeth on Sat, 20th Mar 2010 1:48 am 

    im a newbie and this site helped me and theres not that many girls who can play so i hope to be one that can XD

  17. Michael Caley on Fri, 9th Apr 2010 6:29 pm 

    Hey GREAT site, managed to play the first few songs I’ve ever played because of you. One question though, you say you will teach us the extra strum pattern to this song, could you please direct me to it?

  18. Cierra on Tue, 22nd Jun 2010 6:17 pm 

    ohhh my gosh im freaking out!
    i finally have a fairly easy song to learn and i DONT know how to up strum :(
    i have searched the internet and found nothing :( obviously im new to this…. please help! D:

  19. wolf on Sat, 4th Sep 2010 11:24 am 

    Perfect lesson with encouraging spirit. Thank you so much.

  20. Jonny on Wed, 15th Jun 2011 4:58 am 

    Got a guitar a few years ago but never had the motivation to play it. I’m really feeling it now and this site made me want to learn it even more. I’m really glad I found it. Thanks!

  21. Taylor on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 2:10 am 

    :O i’m doin it! sowly but im doin it!!!

  22. Lexie on Wed, 13th Jul 2011 9:15 pm 

    Oh My Gosh! Thank you so much i just discovered this website and i LOVE it!!!! im having trouble muting the notes i dont play :( but thank u so much I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!
    by the way if you dont mind can you put up Northern Downpour by Panic! At the Disco. they are my favorite band and i cant find it anywhere. and Yule shoot you’r eye out by Fall Out Boy?


  23. brighton gal on Tue, 19th Jul 2011 7:51 pm 

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I don’t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  24. Dallas on Tue, 29th Nov 2011 6:22 am 

    Love the site! Would you be able to make a video of my best girl by Lucero? It’d be awesome if ya did(: thanks.

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