Time of Your Life (Good Riddance) by Green Day [Guitar Chords and Beginner Lesson]

by IanM on November 29, 2010

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Time of Your Life by Green Day on guitar fast with easy chords options, no complicated theory and without a capo (if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one).

Beginner Guitar Lesson and FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR “TIME OF YOUR LIFE” BY GREEN DAY?

Click here for recommended easy chords and lyrics

This song can be played with just 4 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the normal “G”, “D”, “Em” and “C” chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “TIME OF YOUR LIFE” SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Just use the recommended chords. These are the chords used in the original song.

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY “TIME OF YOUR LIFE” ON GUITAR?

Another way to play the song is to replace Em with Em7, D with Dsus4 and C with Cadd9. This is an easier way to play if you’re not comfortable with changing chords yet and it also sounds good on Acoustic Guitar.

HOW DO I SING “TIME OF YOUR LIFE” WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Time of Your Life” exactly the same way as Green Day can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as them, there are many more who can’t.

If you are one of these people then here is some advice for you.

In order to comfortably sing and play the song, you are going to need to transpose the song to a “key” or pitch which you can comfortably sing in.

For example, the original “Time of Your Life” song is sung in the key of G. If while singing the song you find that you can sing most of the notes but start to strain your voice when trying to sing the high notes, then you need to pick a lower key to sing the song in.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range.

Transposing a song can be done quickly and easily if you have a capo. By clipping the capo at different positions on the neck of the guitar you can change the song key without changing the chords you press.

This is recommended for beginners who want to play guitar songs using only easy chords.

HOW DO I TRANSPOSE AND PLAY “TIME OF YOUR LIFE” ON GUITAR WITHOUT A CAPO?

Below I have transposed the chords for you so just pick a key and use the chords listed below.

Use the recommended chords as a reference and change each chord to their equivalent chord in the song key you want to sing and play in.

For example, if you want to play in the C key instead of the recommended G key, change G to C, D to G, Em to Am and so on. Refer to the list below.

For beginners, my recommendation is to try to use the chords in the C, D or G keys as these don’t use bar chords which can be hard to press if you just started playing:

  1. C Key – C. G, Am, F <–Alternate easy option for beginners
  2. D Key – D, A, Bm, G, <– Alternate easy option for beginners
  3. E  Key – E, B, C#m, A
  4. F Key – F, C, Dm,  A#
  5. G Key – G, D, Em, C <– These are the chords for the original song (recommended chords)
  6. A Key – A, E, F#m, D
  7. B Key – B, F#, G#m, E

The song will sound different (higher or lower) for each key so be prepared to adjust your singing to match.

Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the beginner lessons on the site to see if they help
  2. Send me an email through the contact form here and I’ll do my best to help answer your question (silly questions allowed).

Back to the song list!

Original Song – Time of Your Life by Green Day in the key of G

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