don't beat yourself up

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

It’s all about improving an important mindset issue that many people struggle with.

I urge you to carefully follow this advice and…


Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t always making obvious progress


Getting good at the guitar is not an overnight thing.

Logically, we all know that, but in the heat of the moment, it’s so easy to forget.

This can be made worse when you have a breakthrough, only to have it followed up with a plateau or some sort of stagnation.

Remember, you’re in it for the long haul.


Yes, you can and should enjoy each day of practice, but if things are tough…

Go easy on yourself.

Remember my #1 rule of practice – try to improve one tiny thing each day and do something fun on the guitar.

…And give yourself realistic goals.

No one can learn guitar in 30 days.


I was on a call with DTAA member Nic the other day (he won a Zoom call with me for coming top of the Leaderboard in the academy).

One thing he said was how he had previously purchased a course that promised to teach him guitar in 30 days.

It was nonsense, he said.

It’s like that old book Learn Guitar in a Day.

We all know it’s not possible, but salesy stuff like that can distort our expectations.

Remember, you can change your mindset, the way you practise, and you can make massive changes to your technique if you’ve struggled in the past.

Then, you can kick on and see good progress over the next few months and for the rest of the year.


That’s why I created my 7-Day Transformation and Breakthrough Beginner courses.

The 7-day course is NOT a course promising to teach you guitar in 7 days, but it is a course that can help you transform your playing in 7 days.

The idea is that it will help you make big improvements in a week, helping you to kick on from there. (You can take longer than a week to complete the course though, if you prefer).

Plus, it also comes with the Breakthrough Beginner course, which is ideal if you’re earlier on in your playing.

You can find out more about how to get both courses below (the Breakthrough Beginner course is a bonus at the moment).

Find out more about the 7-Day Transformation Course


Remember, enjoy every day of practice and we’re in it for the long haul.

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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