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. Stephen Buabeng Appiah
    December 3rd, 2011 @ 6:25 am


  2. Stephen Buabeng Appiah
    December 3rd, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    Actually , l want to learn the rudiments of playing Guitar. And l found your site on the internet , so l am communicating.

    • David Hodge
      December 4th, 2011 @ 7:00 am


      How much do you already know? One of the first things you want to be able to do is to play basic chords and you can use our Absolute Beginner Chord lesson to do that.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  3. michelle
    January 4th, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    I am really stressed out. I decided to buy a guitar as I wanted a hobby and I love the sound. Im 21 though and worry its too late to start? My guitar is second hand. I cant afford lessons. I tried tuning the guitar myself, causing each string to snap? I really dont have a clue and feel like quitting before starting? It all sounds foreign to me. My neice has tried with me and handed me a sheet with one direction wwhat makes you beautiful on it which has no chords- whatever they are. Please help?

    • David Hodge
      January 4th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      If you’re that stressed out, the first thing you have to do is get to a point where you’re not. That may sound harsh but the calmer you are and the more you can think about things the easier learning will be easier. If you truly “feel like quitting before starting” you’re obviously in a mindset that’s totally unhelpful to learning (not to mention to yourself) and you have to discover some way to be calm enough to learn and to make mistakes, because there’s no way you’re not going to make mistakes. Everyone does when learning.

      The next step is to get your guitar in tune (don’t worry about it being secondhand – the majority of guitar players start out on a used, borrowed or otherwise inherited instrument). Have you replaced the snapped guitar strings? If not, take it to a music store and buy some strings and ask if they’ll show you how to put them on. Chances are likely they’ll be more than happy to do so, provided the place isn’t too busy and the person who does it has some free time. They will also tune it for you and you should watch that, too. And buy a tuner if you haven’t done so already. It is an investment that will last a lifetime.

      When you’ve got both your mindset and your guitar ready start with a few basic chords, which you can find in our Absolute Beginner Chord lesson . This will help get you started.

      Hope this helps and I look forward to hearing how things are going.


  4. Shin Min Young
    May 24th, 2014 @ 12:19 am

    Annyeong Haseyo!!!!!! choneun Shin Min Young imnida. I really hope guitarnoise can help me… i really thought of giving up at first til’ i found this guitarnoise. i just found it though like… 3 minutes ago. reading the post comments here makes me wanna play the guitar more and more. please support me,,, hope we all learn… Fightinggggggg……… keureasso naega kailkkaeyo… Annyeong Hikaseyo… kurigo kansahamnida.. YEHEEEEEEEEETttttttttt~~~ Annyeong, Jaljja!!!!!

  5. MinYoung
    May 24th, 2014 @ 12:24 am

    Hey… stil’ me! Hope someone replies my posted coment…

  6. Chellie
    November 13th, 2015 @ 2:16 am

    Hello Peace, I’m glad to have stumbled across this website. I’ve had my guitar for about 6 weeks now and am teaching myself with help from Dummies guide and the Internet and my 14 year old son (who insists on showing me and making me try power chords, pull offs and slides even at this early stage!) He has been learning at school and happily had a go at anything he fancies just because he likes the song regardless of whether he can play it. Unfortunately at 51 I’m not as confident or flexible with my fingers, having said that I like the fact that he ‘forces” me out of my comfort zone.

    I have learned to play several basic chords pretty well: G, E, Em, A, Am, D, C. I’m struggling with F although I can barre this chord when I can spend time getting my fingers into position. What I’m struggling with us changing chords, I know this takes practice and I am putting a lot of effort in (more than an hour daily just practicising my chord shapes) but making very slow progress and getting frustrated.

    Please can you point me in the right direction with how to progress to being able to strum along with my favourite Fleetwood Mac songs and eventually finger pick like Lyndsey Buckingham (I’m kidding and realistic to know this is too ambitious so help me finger pick to an adequate standard please).
    Thank you