Here are two more interesting emails and comments I have got lately.
I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…
“Dan, my son and his family didn’t get to share Christmas with us (illness). But we had my wife’s two older sisters over for the day after and had a Christmas meal with them.
Then my wife asked me to get out my guitar. I played and sang some Christmas songs, and then played some other songs as well.
One of the sisters particularly liked one song and remarked that she’d never heard it before.
I said, “That’s cause I wrote it”!
She called the next day to say how much she enjoyed her time with us. She thought my wife was an amazing cook (she is), and that I was very talented as well.
She said she’d been in a funk for a while, but was rejuvenated by spending special time with us. Thanks for your part in this, Teach!”
That’s so cool.
Writing your own music is ace. It’s unique, it’s you, and it’s very special.
It’s a shame the whole family couldn’t be there, but it sounds like a great day.
The food, the music, the family.
I’m envious of Larry’s wife’s cooking skills. Me and Archie had a New Year’s Eve party for our family and the kids.
My parents, my brother, sister and brother-in-law, their kids, my uncle, the whole family was there.
I made some food which everyone liked and some eggnog (which my mom and I thought was delicious but got mixed reviews, haha).
Anyway, can’t beat Christmastime and great stuff, Larry.
I love how he got his guitar out and made the day special for all involved.
My cousin Wendy, suggested I made contact…
75 years old, mathematical BUT not artistic…have 3 good guitars including a Jackson Browne acoustic…wide keyboard as I have fat fingers J.
Messed around for all my life with the guitar…pretty rubbish…not played for 7 years…would like to learn finger style…
Have impediment…both small fingers curled up…Dupuytrens…so issue on fretting finger but not on picking finger.
Look forward to picking up the course in 2024!
Glad to hear from Stuart.
It’s interesting about the “mathematical but not artistic” part.
I’ve taught quite a lot of people who have massively different learning styles over the years.
Some are very logical brain orientated and some very creative brain oriented.
It’s always super interesting to me to see how they learn.
The logical/math folk would often love TAB, theory, and processes of how things work (not always though).
The creative types would often love jamming, working things out by ear, and discovering ways to use the fretboard (again, this was not 100% all the time).
Who made the most progress?
Both, I found.
As long as they put in the effort and stuck with it, that is.
I’ve always tried to be very aware of the different types of learning styles that folk have and make sure my lessons work for all types.
That’s the great thing about the guitar.
It can cater to all folks who want to learn it.
I’ll talk more about my experiences here soon as this is a super interesting topic.
Anyway, what’s also cool is that Stuart was recommended by his cousin Wendy.
I’m always very grateful to anyone who recommends my lessons to others.
It’s one of the biggest honours I find when someone enjoys my lessons and suggests others also try them.
If you’ve ever felt like you’ve learnt anything useful from me, you too can let others know about my lessons.
There are two ways to do this.
1 – Using a specific link: If you have an account on my tuition site, you can go HERE and use a specific link to share with others (you’ll need to log in). If they join my site, I’ll gift you something as thanks.
2 – Old school word of mouth: Simply tell them about my resources and tell them to mention your name when they get in touch with me. I’ll then get in touch with you and gift you something as thanks.
What will the gift be?
Don’t worry, it won’t be a glass of eggnog (haha), but it’ll be a cool little guitar resource that you’ll no doubt love.
I hope your 2024 has gotten off to a great start.
P.S. For help with getting the year off to a great start, fixing common and crucial bad habits, and making your playing more fun, check this out…
P.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.