Green Day - Good Riddance

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Green Day - Good Riddance

Post by Chlozo » August 13th, 2006, 2:45 am

I want to learn Green Day - Good Riddance. I would like to achieve it sometime this week.
I have a vague idea of the chords that I need to practice. Not sure about the finger picking though.
Does anybody know the strumming pattern for this song? and how to finger pick it? Will it take me a while to learn?
Thanks guys. :)
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Post by 10141748 » August 13th, 2006, 3:48 am

This is my absolute favourite song to play on the acoustic, it shouldn't take you long to learn it's relatively simple!

The chords you need are as follows;

G 320033

C 032033

Dsus4 000233

Em7 022033

Ok, now for the fingerpicking pattern

The intro part of the song (where he messes up lol)

|------------------------
|------------------------
|-------0----------0-----
|----------0-----------0-
|-----2----------2-------
|--3----------3---------

Start of the correct way :)
G.......................................C9....................Dsus4
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
|------3-------------3-----3----------3------------------3------------
|--------0---0---------0----------------0---0--------2-----2----2----
|----0-----0-------0-----0---------2------2-------0-----------0------
|--------------------------------3-------------------------------------
|--3-------------3-----------------------------------------------------
......Another turning point a fork stuck in the road

G.......................................C9....................Dsus4
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
|------3-------------3-----3----------3------------------3------------
|--------0---0---------0----------------0---0--------2-----2----2----
|----0-----0-------0-----0---------2------2-------0-----------0------
|--------------------------------3-------------------------------------
|--3-------------3-----------------------------------------------------
....Time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go

Em7.......................Dsus4.......................C9......................G
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------3--------------------3--------------------3-------------------3-------------
|-----------0-----0--------2-----2-----2--------------0-----0-------------0-----0--
|-----2--------2--------0-----------0-----------2--------2----------0--------0-----
|--2-----------------------------------------3---------------------------------------
|----------------------------------------------------------------3-------------------
....So make the best of this test and don't ask why

Em7.......................Dsus4.......................C9......................G
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------3--------------------3--------------------3-------------------3-------------
|-----------0-----0--------2-----2-----2--------------0-----0-------------0-----0--
|-----2--------2--------0-----------0-----------2--------2----------0--------0-----
|--2-----------------------------------------3---------------------------------------
|----------------------------------------------------------------3-------------------
...It's not a question but a lesson learned in time

Em7.......................G........................Em7.....................G
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------3--------------------3-------------------3-------------------3--------------
|-----------0-----0--------------0-----0-------------0-----0-------------0------0---
|-----2--------2-----------0--------0----------2--------2----------0---------0------
|--2----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------3-------------------0-------------------3---------------------
It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right


Em7.......................Dsus4
|------------------------------------------
|--------3------------------3--------------
|----------0-----0-------2-----2-----2----
|-----2-------2-------0-----------0-------
|--2---------------------------------------
|------------------------------------------
I hope you had the time of your life

As you sing "life" you start to strum G. The chord pattern for the rest of the song is the same as above

G > C9 > Dsus4 for the first part of the verse

Em7 > Dsus4 > C9 > G for the second part of the verse

Em7 > G > Em7 > G > Em7 > D sus4 for the chorus

After the last chorus do two rounds of G > C9 > Dsus4 then go straight into the chorus fingerpicking again

Em7.......................G........................Em7.....................G
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------3--------------------3-------------------3-------------------3--------------
|-----------0-----0--------------0-----0-------------0-----0-------------0------0---
|-----2--------2-----------0--------0----------2--------2----------0---------0------
|--2----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------3-------------------0-------------------3---------------------
It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right


Em7.......................Dsus4
|------------------------------------------
|--------3------------------3--------------
|----------0-----0-------2-----2-----2----
|-----2-------2-------0-----------0-------
|--2---------------------------------------
|------------------------------------------
I hope you had the time of your life

On "life" slow strum of G, and you're done :D

As for the strum pattern itself, that's quite hard to write down, because it mixes up a lot while it's being played :)

The basic pattern is;

d d u d u u d dudu on the verse G

d d dud on the verse C9

u u d dudu on the verse Dsus4

d d dudu on the verse Em7

Your best bet is to listen to the song a lot and try to strum along, it may take a little while to get the rythm right, the hardest part is getting the up strums and down strums in the right place, but follow what I wrote above and you'll get it.

Hope this all helps!

Pete
"Rock 'n' Roll isn't a type of music - it's a way of Life"

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Post by Rich_Halford » August 13th, 2006, 4:02 am

Its also one of my faves. I learned it from this:
http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/Guitar%2 ... ddance.htm

Which is a link from here:
http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/WordPressBlog/?p=5

Good luck.

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Post by GM » August 13th, 2006, 9:58 am

This was one of the first songs that I learned but it took me a long time to get it up to tempo.

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Post by Bennett » August 13th, 2006, 3:21 pm

There's a great lesson for this song over at Danny Poole's website. It includes video as well.

You can find it under "Songs (Free Access)" on the menu from the home page. :)
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