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. Steve
    April 7th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Hi Dave, your lessons are great- but having a little trouble following this in the C to Fmaj7 transition.

    In the tabs I saw in wayback, you’re playing Fmaj7 with A string fretted at the third fret by ring finger (which is also hitting the D string), and the first finger apparently barring from the E to the B, but leaving high E open. How the heck do you do that? I could possibly roll my ring finger after the C chord to hit both A and D strings at the 3rd fret, but there’s no way you can bar E to B and leave high E open.

    I find it much easier to leave the A string open, and grab the low E string with my thumb for the F. I’ve been goofing around with the guitar for years, but just recently started getting a little more serious about it, and I’m just wondering if this was a mistake on your part, or can you really do that? I’ve built up a lot of bad habits over the years, and now I find that a lot of my cheats are a result of being lazy- I play things a certain way only because it was too hard to do it “the right way”- but now with a little dedicated practice, I’m able to do things that weren’t possible for me before.

    I’m just wondering if it really is humanly possible to play that Fmaj7 the way you show it (in which case I’ll keep trying!), if you just have super-human skills, or perhaps just a mistake in the transcription.

    Anyway, love this site, and all the articles have been superbly enlightening! Thanks for your efforts, and to everybody else as well. Kudos!

    • David Hodge
      April 8th, 2012 @ 7:48 am

      Hi Steve

      Thanks for posting and thank you as well for your kind words concerning Guitar Noise. Glad that you’re finding our website helpful with your guitar playing.

      Concerning “Wild World,” there are two separate issues here and I’ll try to do my best to explain them.

      First, and this is totally my fault, the text description of the Fmaj7 chord used in the verse portion of the song is misleading because it doesn’t match the chord chart that accompanies the musical example (this would be “Example 2” as well as Examples 6, 7 and 8 in the original article), which is 133210. And we’ll discuss that shape in a moment. Anyway, the way the text stands currently, which is:

      Seriously, with my fingers now set in the C chord, switching to the Fmaj7 is a piece of cake – just shift your ring and middle fingers up a string.

      clearly describes the chord shape for Fmaj7 shown in the chord chart in Example 5B (xx3210). And you should feel totally free to use this version of the Fmaj7 chord throughout the entire song.

      Second, as I mentioned, the fingering for the 133210 verion of the Fmaj7 chord is totally skewed by the text description. How you should be fingering it is as follows:

      high E – open
      B – index finger on first fret
      G – middle finger on second fret
      D – pinky on third fret
      A – ring finger on third fret
      low E – thumb wrapped around to get the first fret

      The current explanation of the text does make it sound like the ring finger is getting both the D and A string which is quite a chore for most people, even those with fairly large hands! Using the pinky to get the D string allows you to make this chord comfortably, assuming that you are capable of using your thumb to fret the first fret of the low E string.

      I’ll try to make this correction to the text sometime in the (hopefully) near future. And I also hope that this explanation helps clear matters up a bit. If not, feel free to post again or even email me directly at dhodgeguitar@aol.com with more questions.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. Steve
    April 9th, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the reply, David. I did actually start with the xx3210 fingering, but I wanted that low F for the bass note. What I wound up with was 103210, fingered T03210- as far as I can tell, that’s still an Fmaj7, but please correct me if I’m wrong! Didn’t even think about pinky on the A 3rd fret- but actually I kinda like the emphasis on the major 3rd for the palm-muted notes. Why don’t I see this voicing in any chord chart?

    • David Hodge
      April 11th, 2012 @ 5:40 am

      Glad to hear it, Steve. Chord charts can be fickle things. They rarely have every possible chord so it just may be that this voicing of Fmaj7 may simply be off the “chord chart radar,” as it were. Who knows? The important thing is that you know it, so you can use it as you see fit!

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


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