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. Alec
    May 22nd, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    What is the last chord/strings you’re hitting after the four measures of alternating Am and E chords?

    • David Hodge
      May 22nd, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Hi Alec

      Are you referring to the very last MP3 file? That would be an Am chord, done with a simple downstroke. It’s a good way to end the song.

      Hope this helps. Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. Wolf
    July 11th, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    Mr. Hodges,

    In the first section with the chord arpeggios, when playing the 6th, 5th & 4th strings with pulgar, the note is not consistent even though it is on an open string at times. To be clearer, when playing the C chord or the Am, the 6th is not fretted but your staff notation shows a different note.

    Why is this? Am I completely misunderstanding?

    Thank you.

  3. Marijke
    July 11th, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    I’m very impressed with this lesson and am definitely going to give it a try. I just want to know: this is the first time I’m attempting fingerpicking, so is this where I should start? I’ve no one to teach me and no clue on how to begin. It’s all very intimidating

  4. Wolf
    July 11th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Mr. Hodge,

    I am going to partially answer my own question. As Doyle’s Holmes once remarked, I was seeing without observing. I thought you’d written six notes in a measure; there are only five. And my books revealed to me that one does not play certain notes on certain chords, something else I just learned today. Which makes sense, since until this point I have only done arpeggio exercises in classical/spanish oriented books.

    Thanks for posting these great articles to broaden my skills!

  5. Matt
    January 5th, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    I believe you have a wrong note (and therefore wrong chord) printed here. Chord should not be Fmaj7 but an F with F – A – C – F. it fits most other versions of the song and I think it does for this version as well.

  6. Martin
    January 16th, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

    Hi: Have you posted the 2nd part of Travis finger picking? I am unable to fine it.
    Thank you

  7. Dave Wentworth
    April 11th, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

    Wow, does this bring back memories. House of the rising sun was one of the first few songs that I learned as a teen in the 1970s. This song not only took endurance as a teen but I remember how I had to slow down compared to some of the Beatles and Stones songs I was playing. I remember many bloody fingers and swollen thumbs from this one, great tutorial by the way !

  8. Cory
    May 27th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

    Is their a way to get this in like a email so that i can get the Mp3’s

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