Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

By: Green Day

Original Artist: 
Green Day
Release Date:
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Free Lesson Video

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Most transcriptions of this song: In double time, written with eighth notes, and are simplified

This Transcription: In half time, written with 16th notes, and more true to what Billy Joe is playing.

I wrote this in half time based on where I would picture the snare drum if I were to visualize drums to this tune. Also, I find that following 2 measure strum patterns (if this were written in half time) can be quite tedious. This is an interpretation thing on my part. I basically listened to what Billy Joe was playing every step of the way and tabbed out every note and strum pattern I heard. Then I played it for you in the video. To the best of my abilities of course.

This tab might look a little much at first, but the point is not to get everything completely note for note 100% perfect. Just hit the ballpark of what’s indicated there. For instance, if I’m indicating to strum the top 4 strings and you only hit 3, you’re still doing just fine. Because both sound completely right given that you are playing a G chord. The only difference is that I heard 4 strings when I was listening to Billy Joe playing in the track and tabbed it out.

And also, if the strum pattern in a measure is D, D, DUDU, UD , DUDU and you actually play D, DU, DUDU, UD , DUDU, it’s not really wrong if you are still playing on beat and playing the correct chords. It’s just that I specifically heard Billy Joe play the first strum pattern.

Did I over explain the song? Or is a note for note transcription of this tune useful? Did my vocals sounds a little like Ozzy again? Are there any more Green Day songs left for this page?


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Backing Track Video

Here is the backing track video for Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), with my main rhythm and solo tracks removed. This will make it easier to jam along with the Green Day cover recording lesson, and still be allow you to read the guitar tab. For even more control, check out the Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) isolated tracks below. 

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) was recorded in Standard tuning.
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Tone Screenshots

Here are some of my screenshots, so that you can see exactly how I achieved my Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) guitar tones. I matching the solo and rhythm section tones from the Green Day recording as closely as possible. Patrons can reach out with any tone questions you may have.

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Isolated TRACKS (mp3)

Here are the drums, bass and other background tracks to jam along to Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). I've also included all of my isolated guitar tracks in case you really want to hear what's going on. Isolated tracks are normally very difficult to find online, and can be very helpful in cracking a difficult solo tab.
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