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. Nic
    June 9th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    David, thank you so much. I have always been in the low brass section while in school, so I know how to read bass clef. When I picked up a guitar I knew music was written for it in treble clef, but I had no one willing to teach me how to read it. This article is clear cut and easy to understand, unlike some of the things found on the internet. Now I can finally use some of the books of sheet music people have given me and I won’t have to rely on tabs all the time.

    • David Hodge
      June 11th, 2012 @ 7:05 am

      Hi Nic

      Thanks for writing and thank you as well for your kind words concerning this article.

      The best of luck to you with your ongoing studies and enjoyment with the guitar! Don’t forget that you can always post any questions you may happen to have either here, or you can also email me directly. And you should also feel free to post at the Guitar Noise Forum pages. You’ll find a lot of helpful and friendly people there!

      Looking forward to hearing about your progress.


  2. Vin
    August 1st, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Like to add my thanks to. As a mature (ish) newbie to music and specifically classical guitar. Like a lot of things, wish I’d taken it up earlier.

  3. robert clinkenbeard
    September 19th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Hey thanks so much for your help! I’m a self taught musician and just now trying to really learn how to read music and understand music theory? I find your teaching easy to understand and am looking forward to moving on! Thanks!

  4. Bill Tkachuk
    April 9th, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

    I’m confused.
    I’ve read that middle C (C4), the note shown on the ledger line between the bass and treble clefs, is the first fret of the second (B) string on the guitar. Your article suggests that middle C on the guitar is the third fret on the fifth (A) sting.
    This seems to be a persistent issue.
    I have also read that this issue is related to the guitar being a “transposition” instrument.
    Have you encountered this issue?

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