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Paul Hackett

Bandmo called Paul Hackett "one of the most interesting webmasters in the online music world." Paul started Guitar Noise in the late nineties and still runs the site today. He can usually be found traveling and learning new languages. Paul's life outside Guitar Noise unfolds at paulhackett.ca.

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  1. John Preval
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Hi Paul,

    Some feedback for you, when the GN website first evolved it was one of the best sites for beginners wanting to learn guitar, its main attraction was the detailed lessons David Hodge put up. They were step by step (note by note) how toos for the learner and very good they were. When the take down of all copyrighted music happened much of the reason for visiting GN sad to say went. In the meantime many other sites have appeared and the Youtube phenomena has happened, so you can find any number of people wanting to teach you how to play any number of songs (some better than others).

    At the end of the day pretty is nice but content is king.


  2. Judith Spears
    December 4th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Paul, I like the new look of Guitar Noise. There is a change that I would like to see if possible, printing the lesson in a PDF format. I am a scribbler, I like to print off the lesson to do at my leisure mostly away from my computer & scribble my notes in the margins. If I could download a PDF that would be great.
    I agree with Mr Preval that content is essential. GN is the first place I look, but if I need a video lesson it’s YouTube.
    Looking forward to more good stuff as the new look evolves, Thanks

  3. John Gelbart
    December 14th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Hey there David – welcome back !!! I was wondering where you’ve disappeared, and I’ve just received the answer – an awsome brand new site!! Well done! Of course I’ve re-enrolled for the newsletter. I’m happy and excited for you. Well I’m off to tour your new site!! Thanks for the effort.

    • David Hodge
      December 15th, 2012 @ 8:44 am

      Hi John

      And welcome back, yourself! I do have to say, though, none of the credit for the “new” Guitar Noise should go to me. It’s all been the work of Paul Hackett, who created and still owns and runs the place. The amount of work (in both time and money) that he puts in on a daily basis behind the scenes to keep this place up and running is way beyond my capabilities.

      As always, both Paul and I thank you for your support and hope that you find a lot to like at Guitar Noise. And, again as always, do feel free to write anytime with ideas, comments and suggestions. Without our readers, we’d never have gotten to this point in the first place!

      My best wishes to you, your family and friends for a warm and safe holiday and may 2013 be a great year for everyone!


  4. Andrew
    January 4th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Wow! I’ve just seen the new site and first impressions are excellent. Thank You.
    I was missing the newsletters and competitions to win your books (which I have now bought most of).
    Guitarnoise still have the best online lessons, containing those very important snippets of theory and learning processes which means you learn far more than just the songs in parrot fashion.
    Looking forward to the new lessons this year.
    Thanks again.

    • David Hodge
      January 5th, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

      Hi Andrew and thanks for writing.

      Thank you, too, for your kind words. Glad you like the new look and hope that you find the new lessons, like Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” as well as the ones to come. It’s not been the easiest road – negotiating and obtaining the use of copyrighted material for our song lessons, but we’re doing our best to make it work for everyone.

      As alwatsm feel free to post any questions or suggestions you may have either here or write to me directly (dhodgeguitar@aol.com_ whenever you’d like.

      Wishing you the best for 2013!