Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy…


The T.E.S.T. Method


The T.E.S.T. Method is something I created to help students focus their playing.

This is how it works:

T – Technique

E – Enjoyment

S – Specific Plans

T – Time Management


All of these factors are important in your playing. For instance, most guitarists are not taught to play with good technique, and this can cripple a student’s progress.

Not enough guitarists focus on enjoying their playing (try to do something fun on the guitar every single day).

Get a specific plan. E.g., thinking about what you want to achieve by the end of the week or month can be really helpful (the more precise the better).


No time management? Many guitarists play something till they are bored of it or their fingers feel sore. Thinking ahead and being a bit more focused on how you spend your time can pay dividends. For instance, what will you spend the first 10 minutes of your practice time on…?

Anyway, that is a summary of the T.E.S.T. method in a tiny nutshell. It is something I talk about more and teach in the Fingerstyle 101 book.


You can find out more about this book below:

Fingerstyle 101 – a step-by-step guide to beautiful fingerpicking guitar playing


Enjoy your practice!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.

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