Guitar Noise Podcast #21 – "The Star of the County Down" (Part 1)


Our latest Guitar Noise Podcast begins a look at the Irish folksong, “The Star of the County Down.” Not to worry – we’ve prepared a “cheat sheet” for you:

The Star of the County Down Chords/Lyrics Cheat Sheet

First we go over the basic structure of the song and then work on creating a cool introduction for it, which is always a good thing as a good introduction can also serve as a nice interlude between the verses.

And speaking of the verses, we also start to look at how to come up with some interesting strumming ideas, fills and bass lines for the basic verse of this song.

As always, I’ll be walking you through each step, so come on along and join in the fun.

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 [8]

  1. Hi David, Is there a problem with the sound on this podcast – guitar is fine but I can’t hear your voice.


  2. Got another note on this earlier and I’m working on it right now. Hopefully we’ll replace this Podcast with a better mix sometime in the next few hours. It’s just past 9:30 on the east coast of the US at the moment, to give you a reference.

    Thanks for your patience and sorry for botching it the first time!


  3. That’s OK David it will be worth the wait. Thanks again for all your efforts with the PODCASTS and lessons – they really are appreciated.



  4. A “remastered” version has been uploaded. If you can’t hear David’s voice, please try downloading it again using the download link above.

  5. Great POD Cast – not only a cool little tune to learn but great tricks that you can take with you anywhere. I’ve lost my pick (like that’s never happened before) and am doing this all by finger picking and that’s working great too.


  6. Thanks, Kelly. Using just fingers definitely works fine. It’s a different touch (pardon the pun) but it brings the song a depth I don’t think one can always match with just a pick. It’s usually hard for me to choose just which way to go sometimes.

    As for losing picks, I think that they all go hang out together somewhere. When you find yours, ask it if it’s seen any of mine lately!

    Thanks, as always, for listening and for making the time to give us some feedback. It’s definitely appreciated.


  7. Hi David, I just started playing guitar nearly a year ago and was lucky enough to find your podcasts early on. They have been extremely helpful to someone like me who didnt start playing unti after age 50. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to Podcast #22.

    Thanks, Bill

  8. Hi David
    I love this song you picked for this lesson! I don’t do well with my singing so I was really pleased how good it sounds after you added the “fancy bits!” It really sounds great (when you play it) I’ll be practicing and waiting eagerly for the next lesson! Thank you for all your hard work on these podcasts, I really enjoy them.

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