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Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy member John Hall left me this lovely comment the other day.


“Hi Dan,

Well, l am a bit chuffed with myself. I mentioned to you earlier in the month my big 90th party was coming up, and l was working on my party piece.

“Don’t Let the Oldman In” from Clint Eastwood’s film “The Mule”. Well l did it!

In front of 95 people!

It was almost a disaster. I had tested my guitar in the afternoon through the amp and it was perfect.

When the time came, it wasn’t working, the battery in the guitar had gone flat and l don’t know how to replace them. Never had to do it before. The DJ didn’t have a mic stand so in the end he is crouching on the floor holding a mic to the guitar and another to my mouth. You can imagine! I do have it on WhatsApp video but l don’t know how to send it.

Anyway, my point to all this is to thank you for all your guidance this past couple of years regarding deep breathing and relaxing etc. Through that l persevered whereas, one time l would have bolted for the door.

Speak soon.”



Overall, what a cool experience that must have been.

I would love to see this video and hopefully, John will let me share it with you.

I must say a huge well done to John.

I’ve been there on stage too and it can be nerve-wracking enough when things go well.

…But when there are technical difficulties, things can be way worse.

And your heart rate and adrenaline can go through the roof.


Plus, whenever I played gigs, I always found it more intense when there would be people I know in the crowd. (I’d much rather play to a room or venue full of strangers.)

To have a room full of loved ones there at your own 90th birthday party and keep calm and perform, that is amazing.

So well done to John.

I’m so pleased he kept calm, and it sounds like he did an amazing job.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m honoured and proud to have students like John.

They are truly inspiring.

I also love John’s enthusiasm for learning.

Having dedicated students is what it’s all about.

Some people have told me in the past they feel “too old” to learn guitar at 70, 60, or even 50.

Heck, I had students in the past who worried they would not be able to learn and some of those were barely past 45 or so.

So if you’ve ever felt like that, let John and his dedication be an inspiration to you.


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Keep being inspired!

Dan Thorpe

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