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  1. p j connor
    January 8th, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    Hey David , glad to see you still on here. Havn’t been on your site in a long wile. I’m 62 yrs old now. Still making progress on the guitar. Can finger pick better all the time. Have hundreds of music books on guitar. Should always have new material to try. Appreciate your website. Phillip.

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  2. Tom
    December 21st, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    What’s happened to this website? I do understand that there were some copyright issues but it just doesn’t seem the same to me. I learned Harvest Moon from this page a couple years ago and it was detailed and easy to follow notwithstanding the rambling text. But now it doesn’t even show all the chords. I’m not a professional musician and I know nothing about theory. Just give me the chords and I’ll figure the rest out. I did figure out the last chords here again but I never would have figured it out from the text. In fact, when I play the A7, etc. (last chords) the way they are described here, something isn’t right. They sound sick that way.

    I know that some people are into theory but they probably already know all the stuff in the text here. The typical person that uses this website to learn songs probably wants it to be simple and easy to follow. Of course, I can’t speak for anyone else, but it would be so much more useful and easy to follow if most of the rambling text was removed. Just get to the point! I don’t want to read about the wrong ways to play a song or your mental steps when you figured out. I just want to know how to play it. Just give me the tab! Keep the text concise. It appears that you are wordy and like to write and hear yourself but that makes it harder for me – and probably many more people – to learn these songs. You could have eliminated at least 80% of the text. It added nothing except confusion.

    I used to fight my way through the rambling here to try to get to the meat of a song but there’s much better places to learn songs now so I won’t be back.

    Please don’t get me wrong! I really appreciate that you took the time to put these lessons together. But, in my opinion, your wordiness isn’t conducive to sharing your knowledge. Keep it simple and concise. And just show the darn chords! Don’t explain them in a paragraph of text that is confusing and hard to follow. A simple tab chart would replace all of that.

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    • David Hodge
      December 23rd, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

      Hi Tom

      It may not seem fair to you, but it is a matter of doing right by the songwriter. That’s the bottom line of the copyright law and we at Guitar Noise are hoping to do what we can to be fair to the artists who’ve written these wonderful songs.

      As for the “wordiness,” while I can certainly apologize that my style doesn’t do it for you, please understand a bit about where it came from. When we started doing these song lessons back in 2001, Guitar Noise, as well as practically every other guitar website, did not have the capabilities available to today’s online users. Things were written out because that was the easiest way to get the instruction across. Likewise, back then (doesn’t that already sound like ancient history?) people did read text without thinking it was either a bore or a chore.

      But more to the point, my purpose in writing out the theory and thought process involved in creating song arrangements (and please note that these are, indeed, song arrangements and not just transcriptions of any given song) is so that a guitarist than then use these ideas to create his or her own song arrangements of any song, not just the song in question. More and more I run into guitar players who copy more than create. They can play many songs and solos impeccably note by note but they are at a loss when it comes to creating something that is not on the original recording of any given song.

      Of course, your experience in regards to learning are undoubtedly very different. That’s totally cool. If all you need are the music examples, you can certainly find them easily enough in any given lesson and can totally avoid any of the text. At least in the song lessons that we have that still have the notation and tablature that we’ve created for them.

      For whatever it’s worth, we here at Guitar Noise are also constantly working on securing permission to use more and more copyrighted material for our lessons. Not being some big corporate website (or one with deep pockets!) means this takes a little time, but we are looking forward to putting up lessons in the very near future from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and the Grateful Dead among others.

      One step at a time, we’re getting there. And we appreciate hearing your opinions concerning our lessons.

      Peace

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    • Paul Hackett
      December 24th, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

      I want to add two quick things here.

      The first is, Guitar Noise is not a “guitar tab site.” We want to teach people how to make music. We’re not so interested in showing you where to put your fingers on the guitar. There are many excellent websites that do that better than us already. We’re not against tab. It’s a great tool for learning guitar. We’ve simply found our own way of teaching that works for a lot of people. Whatever works best for you is probably the right way for you to learn.

      The other thing is, becoming a good musician is really hard work. It’s going to take a long time. We have written these long articles hoping that students will come back to them again and again. You can’t be expected to read a book just once and absorb all of its knowledge. It’s the same with these lessons. You need time to digest things. After practicing the song you can come back and read the text again. Maybe you’ll gain some new insights on making music. A lot of people do arrive here hoping to figure out how to play one song. If we, and they, are lucky, these lessons will help open new doors to the wider world of learning how to make music.

      In any case, we thank you for your honest feedback. We’re always happy to hear it and it usually gives us something to think about.

      Paul H.

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