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. plucky
    March 9th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Why was the guitar tab removed?? Its fair use if its use for educational purposes??

    • David Hodge
      March 9th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      Hi and thanks for writing.

      We’ve been discussing this topic for close to two years now. Technically, our Guitar Noise lessons were using too much of the songs to be considered fair use for educational purposes. It’s always been a fine line with music. And just because someone prints a disclaimer saying that a music transcription is just for educational purposes, they still need to have gotten permission from the publishers to do so, particularly if they use more than four measures of a song or (as is more often the case with Internet websites) if they print out the lyrics and chords to the whole song.

      As you may already know from reading our other lessons at Guitar Noise, we are in the process of negotiating with various publishers for the use of their copyrighted material to use in our lessons. We’ve already gotten permission to post a number of old lessons back online and we’re continually working to get other old lessons back as well, and hopefully we’ll be getting some totally new ones to use very soon.

      I hope this answers your questions. Please feel free to post again or to email me directly at dhodgeguitar@aol.com if you have more.