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.

Featured on Guitar Noise


  1. Joseph Facey
    May 12th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Hi David,

    After looking at your web site i carry a whole lot more confident in learning guitar. I just retired from work and started looking at things to keep me busy, walla! Guitar. I am enlightened that most of the songs I like only have 3-4 cords. Motivation to keep practising. Thanks for that.
    All the best,


    • David Hodge
      May 13th, 2012 @ 6:47 am

      Hi Joseph

      And thank you for writing. You’ll be amazed at how many songs (not to mention how many songs you probably know) that have only three or four chords. You’ll hopefully never lack for motivation when it comes to playing!

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. Sydney Owens
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    This was really helpful and i have always really liked Jimmy Buffett! Thanks for your help :)

  3. James
    October 31st, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Hi David.
    I have been searching for an easy to use and understand online guitar tuition for what seems like ages now, and finally in this I believe that i have found it.
    Now looking forward with renewed confidence to learning to play as a complete novice

    Many Thanks

  4. Kathleen
    December 1st, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    I don’t play guitar or even have one for that matter! But this Jimmy Buffet song looks like so much fun I want to get started. You are right on that a beginner will impress folks with this song. What a great teacher you must be….thanks for all you offer.

  5. eric snyder
    January 4th, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    Thank you, I am a student at Gavilan College In Gilroy CA. The knowledge you shared helped me a lot in my music ensamble class.

    • David Hodge
      January 5th, 2014 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Eric. We’re glad to be of help. Hope that 2014 turns out to be a great year for you, your friends and your family. Best wishes to you with your college studies and we look forward to chatting with you again.


  6. Lorraine
    October 10th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Hi there! I have been playing basic acoustic for years. I have recently began giving lessons to kids. I realized that I never went a whole lot beyond what I already knew. I decided to work on/learn baseline walking. I always played Margaritaville, but no walking. I do not read music, so I had a bit of a problem following the walk from D to G, as well as the intro. Do you make any videos? Also, can you please tell me the notes in the walk from D to G in this song. Thanks again. I think you can teach an old dog new tricks!

  7. Jim
    January 22nd, 2015 @ 8:27 am

    Hi David,

    Been messing around with the guitar off and on for years. (Will be 74 on 1/30) Never stayed with it long enough to get beyond basic chords, but this is fun, and so far I’ve been able to follow along and understand much better then i have in the past.

    Just want to say Thanks. How neat if I could impress the grandkids by playing Margaritaville!

    Keep up the good work.


  8. alami
    November 8th, 2015 @ 5:33 am

    This was really helpful and i have always really liked Jimmy Buffett! Thanks for your help ok