How To Play Green Day – Good Riddance

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  1. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this when his girlfriend moved to Ecuador. He tried to be levelheaded about it, but to show his anger, he named the song "Good Riddance" and made "Time Of Your Life" the subtitle.

    The song shows us about life, how we are not to question it and keep moving on.

    This was written as an acoustic song to distinguish it from the heavily produced rock music that was popular in the '90s. Armstrong recalled to Spin Magazine in a 2010 interview: "That was really the first time we attempted a ballad. The first time we ever played that song was during an encore in New Jersey – I had to pound a beer backstage to get up the courage. I knew we were gonna take a tomato to the face."

    The song was such a sonic departure for the band that record stores reported a high rate of returns from customers who purchased the Nimrod album expecting similar songs.

    Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song in 1993 and submitted it for the band's first major label album, Dookie, which was released in 1994. Both the band and their label agreed that it was a great song, but didn't fit on the album, which was loaded with Punk blasters.

    The song was held back and included on the Nimrod album.

    This song was featured on two very high-profile TV shows in 1998. It was used on the penultimate Seinfeld episode in a scene where the cast takes a nostalgic look back at all the adventures they had on the show. It also featured in the ER in an episode "Gut Reaction," in a scene where a young boy dies of cancer.

    The album version begins with guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong playing a wrong note. He begins again, repeats the wrong note,Then the actual song begins. Radio versions, of course, omit this.

    This played when England walked onto the pitch in their football match against France in the 1998 World Cup.

    This was the official theme for golf's PGA Tour in 1998.

    This won for Best Alternative Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

    Billie Joe Armstrong came up for the video's concept. Directed by Mark Kohr, it pauses on ordinary moments in people's everyday lives. To capture the "still frames in your mind," the extras were told not to blink, but some of them couldn't help it. Armstrong does plenty of blinking, but you won't see him smiling. Drummer Tre Cool chipped Armstrong's front teeth while he was throwing television sets out of their hotel window – a stunt that nearly cost them the video.

    So that’s the meaning and facts about this song

    From songfacts.com

  2. You are awesome

  3. Aleric Slingerland

    he didnt go over the first part of the song to get to the strumming just to let you know

  4. Could you please please please please do a lesson on the acoustic part of my name is Jonas by Weezer?

  5. When you’re missing the right sound to your guitar…

  6. Been trying to learn this song but I'm still confused on the strumming/picking.

  7. Thank you so much this really helped me while working with the music

  8. Master plan oasis???

  9. Oh my God, I'm gonna play this song on my class farewell and all thanks to you Marty I can play decently. Thanks

  10. So happy I finally have a decent song to play open Mic

  11. I'm getting so pissed

  12. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this when his girlfriend moved to Ecuador. He tried to be levelheaded about it, but to show his anger, he named the song "Good Riddance" and made "Time Of Your Life" the subtitle. The song shows us about life, how we are not to question it and keep moving on.

    This was written as an acoustic song to distinguish it from the heavily produced rock music that was popular in the '90s. Armstrong recalled to Spin Magazine in a 2010 interview: "That was really the first time we attempted a ballad. The first time we ever played that song was during an encore in New Jersey – I had to pound a beer backstage to get up the courage. I knew we were gonna take a tomato to the face."

    The song was such a sonic departure for the band that record stores reported a high rate of returns from customers who purchased the Nimrod album expecting similar songs.

    Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song in 1993 and submitted it for the band's first major label album, Dookie, which was released in 1994. Both the band and their label agreed that it was a great song, but didn't fit on the album, which was loaded with Punk blasters.

    The song was held back and included on the Nimrod album.

    This song was featured on two very high-profile TV shows in 1998. It was used on the penultimate Seinfeld episode in a scene where the cast takes a nostalgic look back at all the adventures they had on the show. It also featured in the ER in an episode "Gut Reaction," in a scene where a young boy dies of cancer.

    This played when England walked onto the pitch in their football match against France in the 1998 World Cup.

    This was the official theme for golf's PGA Tour in 1998.

    This won for Best Alternative Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

    Billie Joe Armstrong came up for the video's concept. Directed by Mark Kohr, it pauses on ordinary moments in people's everyday lives. To capture the "still frames in your mind," the extras were told not to blink, but some of them couldn't help it. Armstrong does plenty of blinking, but you won't see him smiling. Drummer Tre Cool chipped Armstrong's front teeth while he was throwing television sets out of their hotel window – a stunt that nearly cost them the video.

    So that’s the meaning and facts about this song

  13. Enjoyed the video ! But i would love to have it all typed out so I can go over it step by step. The chords are getting along. But I can’t get the hang of the strumming. If I’m using the wrong words, I’m sorry. Total noob over here

  14. I E minor unpredictability to G

  15. Why do no guitar demos teach you how to play the plucking and strumming it's really annoying

  16. So for each chord, is he playing each string individually or all at once?

  17. Hi man! Thanks for your videos. I want to ask for a great song called “angels on the moon” of thriving ivory!!! Thank you again

  18. Marty’s smile at 0:36 makes me happy for some reason

  19. Please trace me properly. My little brother committed suicide 2016 we’ve all grown up on green day and we had this played as his first song at funeral.. I’d love to learn this song firstly as a tribute to my brother

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