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. Ulla
    May 1st, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I’m an absolute beginner, but I think this is a totally awesome arrangement.
    I will surely give it a try even before becoming an intermediate.

    Thank you!

  2. David Hodge
    May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Hello Ulla

    Thank you for your kind words concerning this arrangement. Even though this is listed as an “Intermediate” piece, like most of our Intermediate lessons, they are accessible to beginners who are willing to put in a little work. While this is a little tricky, it’s not beyond most player’s skills.

    And remember if you have any questions at all you can always post here or email me directly for help.

    Looking forward to hearing how it goes with this song.


  3. Daniel
    November 25th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to say i’m very new to finger picking (but have been strumming for a couple of years now) and I was able to pick this up really quickly thanks to your lesson. It’s a beautiful piece of music to be able to play and I thank you for not hiding such great information behind a pay-wall or subscription.

    Another piece of finger picking style music that moves me in a similar way is Lady Jane by The Rolling Stones. I know it’s a lot to ask but if you could a similar lesson for that song I would be eternally grateful.

    Kind regards,


  4. john
    January 29th, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    excellent any chance you would do lesson on Dan o’Hara trad irish song covered by finbar furey and thanks for scarborough. john from ireland

    • David Hodge
      January 31st, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      Hi John

      That’s a great song – I’ll see what I can do. It might be that I can put something together this spring.


  5. Blackpearlkpearl
    August 5th, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Hi David, I really enjoyed the lesson. Scarborough Fair is an all time favorite of mine. The lesson was interesting and presented well. I really liked the fingerpicking options you provided. Everything was great but most important your lesson was clear! I was able to follow your instructions throughout the song (imagine!). I’m teaching myself to play and clear instructions are essential! I look forward to your future lesson and catching up on old ones. Thank you so much!

  6. Robert Pietro
    September 10th, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    Hello David
    I followed your lesson from FRANCE
    You are really friendly and have lots of humor
    I play now this piece which I adore
    You are a great teacher and generous
    Thank you wholeheartedly
    Bravo and keep your Teach
    Peace on you – Friendly
    Robert de Loffre – France

  7. Merlin Draper
    December 17th, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    Awesome.stuff… I am still fairly new to guitar and have struggled learning pieces by other artists. I learned to read music as a child from the age of 5 or younger playing violin… but guitar was and has been my dream to play.. Now at age 40 I am finally learning and thanks to this site and your easy ways to make it click I am able to pick up quickly. I am adding simple.songs to the few pieces I have written and played of my own creation. I am able to read and follow much easier now… thank you so much .

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