Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Noise

If you are new to guitar or just new to Guitar Noise there can be an awful lot of information to digest. These are some of the most common questions people ask.

  • This is easily one of the most common questions we get: What order should I read the lessons in?

    Trying to write guitar lessons for a wide audience is rather daunting. Especially since everyone learns and pick ups things at different paces. As impossible as it might seem, Guitar Noise tries to meet as many needs of players as possible.

    To give you a full answer to this question we have written a blog post entitled: Where do I Begin?

  • You can listen directly to our podcasts by clicking on the “Play” icon on the Guitar Noise Blog. You can also download them directly onto your computer or even onto devices such as ipods. In fact, we’d prefer that you do download the lessons in order to help us save some bandwidth! Just right-click on the word “download” and use the “save target as” function to save it on your computer.

    We have some more tips and pointers for downloading the podcasts at How do I download the podcasts?

  • Of course this answer does depend somewhat on what you’re looking for. We’ve been doing this for around ten years and have hundreds of guitar lessons on many different topics. The main sections of Guitar Noise are listed at the top of each page. Links to more specific categories can be found on the right hand side of each page. The number of categories continues to grow so you might need to spend a bit of time digging around to find exactly what you want. We’ve laid things out in as logical a manner as possible, so it shouldn’t take too many clicks to get where you’re going.

    For fastest results, you can try using the search box on every page. More experienced readers may like to try some advanced search options.

    Another great way to find information is by registering on the Guitar Noise Forums. If you need help and advice from other Guitar Noise users, head over to the forums and start a discussion.

  • Please note: This answer is currently out of date. We are working on fixing the printer friendly service on this site. Thanks for your patience.

    Since all computers and printers are configured differently it is a difficult task designing a page that prints beautifully for everyone. However, we do realize that it’s much easier for you to follow a lesson on paper. So we have put a lot of effort into making things as universal as possible.

    You may have noticed that there is no “Print This Page” button. Guitar Noise is designed with standards compliant CSS and it’s no longer necessary to create printable pages for each lesson. When you hit the print button on your browser all the superfluous items such as ads and navigation will be removed. Only the main article content will be printed. For peace of mind it is always best to press the “Print Preview” button on your browser before continuing.

    You are welcome to print as many pages form this site as you like. Some visitors have even put together their own mini-books. If you do experience problems printing something, try saving the page and editing the layout in something like Word. If you are still having problems please contact us.

  • If you have a question for us please make sure it hasn’t already been answered in the FAQ or on the Forums. Due to the high volume of email we receive we may not be able to reply to every question; especially those already answered somewhere on this site. If you would like to contact us regarding our content, a technical issue or advertising, you will find all the details on the contact page.

  • We are rightfully proud of the quality of our lessons, articles and reviews, and we are especially proud that our writers were all first visitors and readers of the site. Just like you can be. Perhaps you have something you’d like to say about a topic, or tell us about a concert you saw or review a CD that, chances are, few people are going to otherwise hear of.

    Please read our guidelines for submitting articles to Guitar Noise.

  • Indie bands and their reps are invited to submit their music for review on Guitar Noise. To avoid confusion and misunderstanding we have a few guidelines for you to read first. We want to receive a professionally packaged CD and press kit in the mail. If you don’t have these items you may not be ready for us yet.

    Please read our guidelines on How do I submit my band’s CD for review?.

  • If you are ready to buy advertising on one of the internet’s top rated guitar site, please head over to our contact page and get in touch with the site administrator.

  • The “Riverside Jam” is a formal informal get-together of musicians that officially began in the year 2000, although it has its root a little earlier than that. If you’d like to read about what led up to the first one, here’s a piece I did on it: Build Your Own Band Buffet.

    You can find photos and more info about past events on the Lasley Family website.

    If you’d like, I’d be more than happy to send you more information about it. Let me know.

    Dates and locations

    • Westport CT – August 11-13, 2000
    • Chicago, Illinois – August 3rd and 4th, 2001
    • Brunswick, New Jersey (2002)
    • Chicago, Illinois – August 1-3, 2003
    • Great Barrington, MA – July 30 – August 1, 2004
    • Elkhart, Indiana – August 5-7, 2005
    • Minneapolis MN – August 4-6, 2006 (Riverside Jam 2006)
    • Great Barrington MA – August 2-5, 2007 (Riverside Jam 2007)
    • Fox Lake IL – July 25-27, 2008 (Riverside Jam 2008)
    • Middletown OH – July 31- August 2, 2009 (Riverside Jam 2009)
    • West Chester PA – July 30 – August 1, 2010 (Riverside Jam 2010)
    • Hopewell NJ – August 5-7, 2011 (Riverside Jam 2011)

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