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Guitar Noise Podcast #21 – "The Star of the County Down" (Part 1)

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Our latest Guitar Noise Podcast begins a look at the Irish folksong, “The Star of the County Down.” Not to worry – we’ve prepared a “cheat sheet” for you:

Star of the County Down

First we go over the basic structure of the song and then work on creating a cool introduction for it, which is always a good thing as a good introduction can also serve as a nice interlude between the verses.

And speaking of the verses, we also start to look at how to come up with some interesting strumming ideas, fills and bass lines for the basic verse of this song.

As always, I’ll be walking you through each step, so come on along and join in the fun.


  1. Pat Lewis
    January 3rd, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi David
    I love this song you picked for this lesson! I don’t do well with my singing so I was really pleased how good it sounds after you added the “fancy bits!” It really sounds great (when you play it) I’ll be practicing and waiting eagerly for the next lesson! Thank you for all your hard work on these podcasts, I really enjoy them.

  2. Bill Lynn
    December 5th, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    Hi David, I just started playing guitar nearly a year ago and was lucky enough to find your podcasts early on. They have been extremely helpful to someone like me who didnt start playing unti after age 50. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to Podcast #22.

    Thanks, Bill

  3. David Hodge
    December 1st, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Thanks, Kelly. Using just fingers definitely works fine. It’s a different touch (pardon the pun) but it brings the song a depth I don’t think one can always match with just a pick. It’s usually hard for me to choose just which way to go sometimes.

    As for losing picks, I think that they all go hang out together somewhere. When you find yours, ask it if it’s seen any of mine lately!

    Thanks, as always, for listening and for making the time to give us some feedback. It’s definitely appreciated.


  4. Kelly
    November 28th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    Great POD Cast – not only a cool little tune to learn but great tricks that you can take with you anywhere. I’ve lost my pick (like that’s never happened before) and am doing this all by finger picking and that’s working great too.


  5. Paul Hackett
    November 17th, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    A “remastered” version has been uploaded. If you can’t hear David’s voice, please try downloading it again using the download link above.

  6. Alistair
    November 17th, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    That’s OK David it will be worth the wait. Thanks again for all your efforts with the PODCASTS and lessons – they really are appreciated.



  7. David Hodge
    November 17th, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

    Got another note on this earlier and I’m working on it right now. Hopefully we’ll replace this Podcast with a better mix sometime in the next few hours. It’s just past 9:30 on the east coast of the US at the moment, to give you a reference.

    Thanks for your patience and sorry for botching it the first time!


  8. Alistair
    November 17th, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    Hi David, Is there a problem with the sound on this podcast – guitar is fine but I can’t hear your voice.