Guitar Noise Podcast #29 – “Good Riddance Bonus Material”


Hello to all! And welcome to our first Guitar Noise Podcast for 2013.

This year, we’ll occasionally use our podcasts to supplement our song lessons. This one explores ways of strumming Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” using combinations of straight strumming and single note picking and also creates a bit of a bass line.

We hope you enjoy the return of our podcasts and, as always, we welcome your thoughts, questions and suggestions.


Liner Notes for “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” was a long time coming as a recorded song. Although Billie Joe Armstrong wrote in in 1990, he didn’t bring it up to the rest of Green Day until 1993, while they were putting together material for their breakout major label release, Dookie. No one really knew what to do with the song, though, as it didn’t really mesh with tunes like “Basket Case,” “Welcome to Paradise” or “When I Come Around.”

Four years later when Green Day was determined to make Nimrod a serious step-forward in terms of focusing on creating good songs, “Good Riddance” was one of the thirty songs recorded for consideration on the album. Producer Rob Cavallo suggested adding strings and the rest, as they say, is history. The song got as high as #2 on both Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks and the Australian Singles Chart.

Further Reading:

Dive into our easy guitar arrangement of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. It’s a great lesson for letting the notes dictate how you pick them, instead of relying solely on downstroke picking or alternate picking.

About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. In April 2013, David joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of six instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Playing Guitar.

Comments [6]

  1. Love that the Podcast are back! So helpful.

  2. Hooray!

  3. Great way to learn how to play. You’re meant to teach!

  4. Eb Tuner says:

    I love the pocasts. Best and only way to learn while at work.

  5. Good Stuff!!

  6. Great teaching and very effective. Thanks a million.

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