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Guitar Noise Podcast #14 – Putting Things To Practical Use

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Hello to all!

For our fourteenth Guitar Noise Podcast, let’s take stock of the many things we’ve learned so far and, over the course of the next number of GN Podcasts, put them to use in song. After all, that’s why we’re practicing, right? For starters, we’ll use the traditional tune, “Handsome Molly” (also known to many as “I Wish I Was in London”), which has a nice, simple chord progression of G, D and C.

Handsome Molly Chords/Lyrics Cheat Sheet

We’ll start out very basic and then add some embellishments and bass lines taken directly from our previous podcasts. Hopefully, you’ll soon build up a bit of confidence and start in adding your own touches before we’re through!

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.



  1. Capt
    May 17th, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

    I love every minute of this podcast!

  2. Mike
    December 30th, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    And I believe Bob Dylan was also known to do “Handsome Molly”, particularly in his earlier years.

  3. Mike
    December 30th, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    I didn’t find the techniques used in this podcast too difficult in and of themselves, but to do it while singing at the same time- now that’s a trick! I realize that it’s been a constant theme throughout these podcasts that you need to learn them like the back of your hand- to the point where you don’t have to think about then when you do them. Well, I’m not there yet by any means.

    However, David also talks here about finding the spaces in the song where this fancy stuff can really be used to effect. To that end, the D chords in this song really offer some opportunities, and also to some extent the G’s, paricularly at the ends of the lines. The little D/Dsus arpeggiosare especially nice touches. When I was playing around with these last night sitting on the couch my wife commented on how nice it sounded. The other thing was I am working on learning a different song that also used a lot of G, C, and D, and some of this stuff fit in real well with that tune.

    Now, to only to be able to combine some of this stuff with singing.

  4. David Hodge
    September 18th, 2008 @ 11:32 am

    Hi Tom

    And you’re very welcome. Thank you, too, for your kind words concerning my lessons at Guitar Noise. I’m glad that both those and these Guitar Noise Podcasts are being helpful.

    As I’ve probably mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I wasn’t really sure about how these Podcasts would work as learning tools, either, but they seem to be doing okay. I know I’m learning a lot by doing them! And I’m kind of worried that I might get addicted to putting them together!

    Looking forward to hearing how things continue to go with you.


  5. Tom
    September 18th, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    David — First of all thank you for all the help I’ve gotten from your lessons. The time, talent and effort you put forward to help others is commendable. The other night I happened to try one of your podcasts (which I didn’t think would be a method I could learn from) and I got hooked. I stayed up late that night and I was so excited by what I was learning that I couldn’t sleep when I did go to bed. Again, thanks David for all you do to help others learn and have fun with music.