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“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day

    Riff Rundown

    Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

    Composer – Armstrong

    Where to find this song – Nimrod track # 17

    Release Date – October 1997

    The Band:

    Billie Joe Armstrong – vocals, guitar

    Mike Dirnt – bass, vocals

    Tre Cool – drums

    The Bio:

    Out of all the post-Nirvana American alternative bands to break into the pop
    mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in terms
    of influence. In truth, Green Day were simply punk revivalists, recharging
    the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music
    wasn’t particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-’70s punk
    to a new, younger generation.


    1st Verse

    This song is simple in structure and composition, but playing it cleanly at
    the correct tempo can be very challenging. One thing that helps you a great
    deal in reading tablature is also looking above at the chords, when provided.

    Begin the first measure by placing your 2nd finger on the third fret on the “low
    E” string. Place your 1st finger on the second fret on the “A” string.
    Place your 4th finger on the third fret on the “B” string. Notice
    that throughout the measure, you are not playing anything difficult. This measure
    is one chord, so allow it do draw out a bit by letting all notes ring.

    For the second measure, you will change into another chord right after you
    play the first chord of this measure. That will give you a little practice
    on transitioning. What you have to do to change from the G chord to the next
    chord is to leave your 2nd finger where it’s at on the 3rd fret of the low
    E string, place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the A string and use your
    1st finger for the 2nd fret on the D string. Leave your 4th finger where it’s
    at, too. For the next chord, it is even easier! All you have to do there is
    just bring your 1st finger to the second fret on the “G” string.
    You have left your 4th finger where it started haven’t you? That could be considered
    your pivot when working with chords. There is usually a pivot point that you
    move from, while one finger alot of the times never really moves.



    2nd Verse

    2nd Pre-Chorus

    2nd Chorus


    Riff Resources

    Complete Transcription To “Time
    Of Your Life” (PDF)

    Complete Transcription
    To “Time Of Your Life” (Power Tab)