Guitar Noise Podcast #20 – Using Space (plus an intro to chord substitutions and chord voicings)


Our twentieth Guitar Noise Podcast examines two ideas – first we’ll make use of rests, combining them with simple arpeggios to create space while strumming, especially in slower songs. Then we’ll also look at how to use different chord substitutions, embellishments actually in this particular case, as well as different chord voicings. Using these in tandem with the many strumming techniques we’ve used in our past Guitar Noise Podcasts can create different moods for your music. You’ll hopefully be amazed at how many ways you can play an Em to A chord progression.

As always, I’ll be walking you through the process step by step. Hope you enjoy it!


About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. In April 2013, David joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of six instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Playing Guitar.

Comments [7]

  1. Hey board,

    Question: I subscribe3d to these podcasts and my iTunes only downloaed lessons 14+ and I can’t seem to get 1-13. What have I overlooked?


  2. Blah…pardon my typing.

  3. Post your email and I’ll send them as attachments. I have all them saved with a pdf of the text lesson portion as well.

  4. Scott Stiff says:

    Iwas hoping you a tab of the final version of the intro. I tried to make one using the podcast but something is missing. Thanks Scott

  5. Hi Scott

    Are you referring to the intro of this Podcast or to the one in “Star of the County Down” (Guitar Noise Podcast #21)?


  6. Scott Stiff says:

    Yes I was referring to podcast #21. Thanks again for your help.

  7. Has Arfinwulf figured out the intro to “Almost Saturday Night” by Fogerty?

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