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David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews here. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.

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  1. naphelge
    August 30th, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    Hey David,

    I say in the loosest sense that I used to noodle around on the guitar, oh too many moons ago, without ever making much progress. I was recently fired up to try picking up playing once more with a more ambitious aim to actually make some progress this time and your deconstructed lessons hit so close to home for me. Too bad they weren’t available to inspire and guide me when I was a teenager. Oh well, better late than never.

    Anyway, I loved this lesson and I wonder, are the tabs and lyrics for other songs that you guys are currently embroiled in legal issues over available at archive.org. I found more but not all, but maybe I did not look hard enough (I hope)?

    Regardless, thanks so much for the time and effort you dedicate to truly inspiring lessons.

    • Paul Hackett
      August 30th, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. I can’t reply for David, but I’ll try and answer your question.
      A lot of our lessons are available on archive.org with tab and lyrics. They can be a little tricky to find as the page URL may be different from the current one. The quickest way to find a particular song is to just ask us here and we’ll point you to the archive version. Otherwise you’ll have to comb through the archive yourself – they do have most of our old stuff.

    • Andrew M
      November 4th, 2015 @ 6:37 pm

      I don’t understand why this song is considered “easy” when it has a very long novel length of verses. Makes ZERO sense. How is a beginner going to memorize that? I sure can’t, and I’ve played guitar for 40 years. I’ve watched professionals tackle this song, and it takes them a long time, yes the chords aren’t too bad, but memorizing the verses is hard. Hard to shorten the verses, as it takes away from the story Dylan’s telling. Here’s what are the EASIEST Dylan songs to learn, by far: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, & I Shall Be Released. Those songs are by far his easiest to learn. Why? Not many verses, chorus is repeated & easy to know, chords are simple. Many of his songs are “hard”, due to far too many verses and some difficult chord arrangements. I’d like to say that ‘hard’ or ‘easy’ are dependent on the individual, but I won’t, because it’s so obvious that a song with more than 2 verses is a challenge to memorize the lyrics, and a song with challenging chords, difficult transitions or rythms, or complex melodies will never be easy for a “beginner”. This is why this list is puzzling.