Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

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  1. carmel
    September 14th, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    what a crap site… not one beginners song from a female artist.. maybe all guitarists are male???… get with the real world guys your not the only ones that can play a guitar!

  2. Guitar Noise Staff
    September 14th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Off the top of my head there is Landslide –

    We are planning to add more songs from female artists once we get things sorted out with the publishers.

    – Paul

  3. David Hodge
    September 15th, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Hi Carmel

    I’m truly sorry that you feel that Guitar Noise is a “crap site” based solely on the choice of song selection for our beginners’ song lessons. We have forty-two beginners’ song lessons out of the tens of thousands of songs out there and you’re right that we should have some by female artists. Well, female songwriters would be more appropriate because a good many of these songs have been covered by female artists.

    And I don’t know if you’ve bothered to read any of the song lessons here or not, but if you have, then you should understand that our lessons are not like others on the web (whether written out or on video) in that we try to use the songs to teach all sorts of things about making music, from basic theory to transposing to arranging, such as in our lesson on Carol King’s “It’s Too Late,” which deals with taking a song that’s mostly associated with the piano and creating a way to play it on guitar that incorporates the feel of the original arrangement on a different instrument. Ultimately, the choice of song has always been about what lesson can be learned from it and not about who wrote the song.

    The ideas discussed in these lessons are meant to help you learn any song you want to and to make it sound better than it might otherwise. We know that our song selection for our lessons is not incredibly diverse (and again, how can it be with only forty-two of them?) but we do know that you can learn an incredible amount about playing from our lessons.

    And that’s what it comes down to – If someone is simply looking for songs he or she knows by artists he or she knows, there are zillions of places to find chords and tab. That’s never been what Guitar Noise is about.

    But if one is interested in learning about playing, about becoming a more well-rounded guitarist and musician, then you will hopefully find the lessons here at Guitar Noise to be among the best you can get, and that includes those that one might pay for.

    And, as always, we are very open to requests. Many of the song lessons we have, such as Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” have become lessons through requests. Again, please understand that we don’t simply post out songs because someone asks for them, we do so because we’ve managed to create a lesson out of the song that can teach specific music and guitar ideas to our readers.

    As Paul mentions (and as you might be aware of if you’ve been following the site for the past months), we are in the process of negotiating purchasing the rights to use songs for our lessons from a number of music publishers. Should things go the way we want, we’ll be back to creating song lessons again very soon and the lessons we’ve initially asked for are from both male and female songwriters. We’re currently awaiting word to see what songs we’ll be given permission to use and how much it is going to cost to use them.

    And, as has always been the case, the songs we ask for are those we feel we can create informative, entertaining and educational lessons out of. The gender of whomever wrote the song hasn’t been any factor in our choices. It’s all about the learning.

    Thank you for making the time to post and I hope you’ll find our lessons useful to your further growth as a guitarist, musician and human being.

    Looking forward to hearing from you again.



  4. Roy n NL
    January 18th, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Reply to “Carmel”. From this site, I have never heard any reference to gender when instruction is given. There’s no gender in these titles; Musician, Guitarist, Author, Singer, Pianist, etc. Sounds to me as if you want to drive the car before knowing the location of the brake and gas pedal. Music is a language like the English language and before you can speak, write (Your and You’re) or play it, to study will be necessary. My passion is music, and in my attempt to be a well-rounded musician I work at it every day. I would like to thank the Staff and contributors at Guitar Noise for providing a path for me to follow. Obviously, there are those that don’t realize how much time and effort goes into the production of this site. Bless you all! (Please excuse my English. I have spent more time on my Music)

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