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Guitar Noise is a free guitar lesson website with hundreds of articles, tips and reviews for students of this amazing instrument.

Guitar Noise goes by the motto online to onstage because this site has something to offer everyone – from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional.

Nothing is as thrilling as being part of a band, no matter what age you are. We want to help you the get out there and play, so all of our lessons are free. Thanks to the millions of visitors, thousands of forum members and our dedicated group of writers, Guitar Noise is one of the friendliest musician communities online.

Welcome to Guitar Noise!


David Hodge Guitar ExpertDavid Hodge – Lead Editor & Managing Editor
Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. In April 2013, he joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.

Paul HackettPaul Hackett – Founder & Owner
Music blog Bandmo called Paul Hackett “one of the most interesting webmasters in the online music world.” Paul started Guitar Noise in the late nineties and still runs the site today. He can usually be found traveling and learning new languages. Paul’s personal site for life outside Guitar Noise is

Our Mission is…

What we do and why?

Do we really need a mission statement? Perhaps not, but here it is anyway. Stating our objectives actually helps us get more specific and useful information from our visitors about Guitar Noise. If you see anywhere that we have fallen short of these stated goals please let us know.

Why are we here?

Our main reasons for being here are to help others out and because it’s fun. We enjoy sharing what we have learned about music. In a lot of cases our contributors already had friends hanging out here and were invited by them to join the fun.

What do we hope to accomplish with this site?

Through this site we have the chance to give people a bit of help where we needed it many years ago. We hope to be able to get more beginners “over the hump” and out playing with other people. We want Guitar Noise to remain a better resource than the others we have seen. It is also a creative outlet for us. This is a different environment from our normal everyday gigs, that allows us to share thoughts and reflections on our favorite hobby. If we can inspire others to play to their potential, whatever that may be, we are happy.

What do we want you to accomplish with this site?

We hope you learn some of the reasons behind why certain things work, not just the methods or TABs. This requires more effort than just transcribing useful riffs into TAB, but it is more rewarding because we feel that we have really taught something based upon our experiences. We want you to feel that we know what we’re talking about, and trust what we teach. Our prompt response to everyone’s questions helps develop this. We also want you to be able to use the site as a reference for questions, both technical and motivational, about playing the guitar. At times, our work here is “too much fun,” and we want readers to share in our fun. For those of you with aspirations to be professional musicians we want you to come up ahead of the game and make it.

What will keep you on this site?

New, fresh material is being added all the time and is laid out in an easy to navigate format. Being easy to surf, the site changes often enough that you won’t get bored. We carefully cross-link our columns and resources, allowing you to follow tangential topics for quite a while. And when all else fails, there is a site map to help you form your own course of study. We also have a search engine, which is a last resort for many people, but still very effective.

What will encourage you to return?

Our content changes frequently and consists mostly of exclusive material. We encourage you to check out other articles by different writers who may have different perspectives on the same topics. People tend to remain loyal to sites that they enjoy on their first visit and offer something useful to them. Our site really should be fun, informative and easy to navigate. Guitar Noise is a wonderful resource, but not the only one out there. We are unique in that it feels like a relaxed atmosphere when visiting and navigating the site. We also feel that our personal touch, such as a prompt answer to an email, is of paramount importance.

Feel free to contact us.

The Newspapers say…

From Acoustic Guitar Magazine:

Think “guitar lesson blog.” Lead editor, senior columnist, and Acoustic Guitar contributor David Hodge is responsible for much of Guitar Noise’s content, which includes a wealth of song transcriptions, technical playing advice, and other tips for getting the most out of your favorite instrument.

Dan Apczynski, Acoustic Guitar, November 2008

From This is London:

One of the most comprehensive online guitar teaching pages, invites qualified tutors to submit their own pages. Anything but amateur, the contributors have put obvious time and energy into providing the best advice for everyone from the absolute beginner to somebody looking to start composing their own tunes. There’s even advice on buying a new instrument.

Tim Ingham, Metro,, 2 February 2004