Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) is no. 1 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME and is a fantastic song for developing your right hand techniques. Though I wouldn't say that Time of Your Life is the easiest song on the list, you can certainly start with it and hopefully it's not too tricky.
Originally Billie Joe Armstrong played it using a pick but many people prefer to play it fingerstyle, and as we're dedicated to the art of fingerpicking that's how we're going to learn it.
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) consists of just 4 chords - G, Cadd9, D and Em and thankfully it isn't too tricky to change between them. If you are unfamiliar with these chords I recommend practising the changes first by strumming between them:
Try them in as many different combinations as possible so you can really get used to all the changes.
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The song's structure isn't too tricky either and consists of an intro, verse and chorus, with an instrumental after the second chorus. Let's now have a look at the intro/verse.
G, G, Cadd9, D
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One thing that is worth pointing out is that throughout the entire song your third finger will be glued to the 3rd fret of the B string. It never leaves that fret for the whole 2 minutes & 33 seconds. If you have not held your fingering on one single fret for that long before you may find it quite tiring and it may start to get sore but you'll just have to get used to it I'm afraid, and it'll develop in no time.
G, G, Cadd9, D x2
Em, D, Cadd9, G x2
As you can see, the first 8 bars of the verse are exactly the same as the intro. In the second half of the verse it moves to E; remember here that your right hand will play the exact same fingerpicking pattern as it did on the G chord. The three remaining chords have all been covered already.
Em, G, Em, G, Em, D
Again, here we are using the same chords as the verse, just in a different order.
After the second chorus there is an instrumental for 24 bars.
G, G, Cadd9, D x4
Em, D, Cadd9, G x2
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