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. John M
    March 1st, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Guitar Noise with Davids Lessons! Simply outstanding made easy. Highly recommend A – Z songs and lessons and much more. He has helped me more than anyone. Thank You David and Peace to you.

  2. heiko.muench
    March 9th, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Without the Mediaplayer samples of you playing the song with your guitar it is really hard to get the rythm right.

    • David Hodge
      March 9th, 2012 @ 8:16 am

      Thanks for writing.

      We’re in the process of recording MP3 files for the lessons that don’t currently have them. Hopefully the ones for “Moondance” will be up online sometime in April.

      Thank you for your patience in this matter.


  3. heiko.muench
    March 9th, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I am really happy, that I was able to recover all the intermediate lessons with the music samples, when they were allready deleted. Thanks to google cache!

  4. mike r
    March 9th, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    Great lesson Dave , one of my favorite songs.
    Thank you!

    • David Hodge
      March 10th, 2012 @ 8:02 am

      Hello Mike

      Thanks for writing and thank you, too, for your kind words! We’re hoping to get permission to use more Van Morrison songs for our lessons in the fairly not-to-distant future, which I think would be great for everyone.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  5. bob
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    even though the theory passed me by.. where that go! even i could understand it, great lesson, thanks

  6. V
    April 23rd, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    I understand that the verse is in G Major/A dorian, and the chorus is in C Major/A minor. What I don’t understand is how the E/E7 fits into all this. It’s not in any of those scales at all. How does this work? How is it there? Why is it there?

    • David Hodge
      April 29th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

      Hello and thank you for writing.

      And my apologies for not replying sooner to your email that had the same question. I’ve taken the liberty of also replying here are others may be interested in the answer.

      Concerning “Moondance” – Most songs that are in minor keys tend to shift around in terms of the scales involved, which makes sense since there are three different minor scales one can work with

      (you can check that out in this old article:https://www.guitarnoise.com/lesson/minor-progress/)

      Also, most songs in minor keys tend to use the Major V chord, which is not part of the natural minor scale but rather the harmonic minor scale. The thing is, quite often that Major V is surrounded by other chords that are not part of the harmonic minor scale. So the thing becomes a matter of simply using either the notes of the harmonic minor or just the notes of the Major V chord whenever it pops up.

      I hope that this helps. I know it’s a bit to take in at once so do feel free to email again should you have further questions.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  7. Fouad
    October 30th, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Thank you very much for this great lesson David.
    I was able to understand the theory, but without you playing the song, it is really hard to get the rhythm right.
    I wish you could record an MP3 files for this lesson.
    Thanks a lot.

  8. iii
    August 8th, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    its in A minor…stop misleading people. just cuz its relative major is C major does not mean your playing in both those keys at the same time. by that logic this song is also in D Dorian, E Phrygian, F lydian, G mixolydian and B locrian.