New Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy member, Sean Richards, checks in with this comment:

“I have got to admit that my ability to practice without pain has multiplied in time many times over. I can sit for hours just practicing without the discomfort. This is all thanks to your very skilful way of teaching.

If more beginners got this knowledge right from day one, I’m sure less people would give up so quickly. That first time picking up a guitar was excruciating in pain, the lengths I went to in order to speed up them calluses. I used rubbing alcohol on my fingertips, medical grade superglue (actually worked well) and a guitar glove (totally useless). that was nearly three years ago.

I purchased your fingerstyle 101 book 7 months ago and been striving ever since for less pressure on the fret board. The three p’s have really been the icing on the cake, thank you so much for all your time and effort putting everything together without cutting corners.”


We’ve all played guitar in pain at some point, I’m sure.

It’s a very unpleasant experience.

The countless hours of practice that should be fun.

…But are quite the opposite.

That is not something we ‘signed up’ for when we started playing guitar, but, as Sean shows, it does NOT have to be this way.


Now, of course, Sean’s excellent transformation is not something I guarantee everyone will get.

Every now and then, some people will join the academy, not use the lessons, and, therefore, not see what they’ve been doing wrong all that time.

…But if you do use the lessons, I wholeheartedly guarantee you will see a difference in your technique, and potentially make some huge changes to your playing, including far less pain, way more fun, and other benefits to your health and happiness that playing guitar can give you.


The October lessons deadline is today.

The main lesson this month is all about playing a silky smooth and super enjoyable 12-bar blues, giving you a “keeper” of a piece that you can play forever.

It’s easy to get lost when learning the blues. That’s because there are endless licks and techniques that can be used to play this style (many of which use tricky chords, challenging picking patterns, big stretches, etc.).


The 12-bar blues piece I’m teaching this month (called “Neon City Blues”) doesn’t feature one single chord (although, at the very end we have two fragmented chords)…

Yet it sounds rich, full, deep, and bassy, and super melodic.

That’s because it uses my “No Chord Fingerstyle” method (although you can use a pick or your fingers to play it – I teach both).


I released this on Sunday and the DTAA members are having loads of fun with it.

But I can say I did not create this approach from ‘scratch’.

I simply observed it from watching and studying many of the great guitar players over the years – ranging from Ferdinando Carulli, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Tommy Emmanuel, Lindsey Buckingham, and more.

Although they’ve never called it ‘No Chord Fingerstyle’ as far as I know, they’ve touched on this way of playing in many ways you’ve probably heard many times in their recordings, although it’s not always obvious to the naked ear.


Anyway, it’s fun stuff.

But only for those who use it.

And to do that, one must be subscribed by tonight’s deadline (which is midnight today at Pacific time).

Here’s the link:

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. Remember, if you’ve struggled before, you absolutely can change things around. It all starts by taking action.

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.

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