The other day I was reading a little bit about the Rolling Stones classic record…

Exile on Main Street.


I’ve never been the biggest Rolling Stones fan, but this is a very cool record that I love.

…And I do like good ol’ Keith Richards on guitar, of course.

He’s probably better known for his personality rather than his guitar playing among non-guitarists, but I always enjoy and admire his playing.

It’s subtle, interesting, groovy, and pretty much always bang on for the song.


Anyway, the whole process of recording Exile on Main Street was a hell of an affair.

The record is light on hit singles but has many gems in my opinion.

Listening to the record alone, you’d never guess that the band were going through a period of disarray.

They were UK tax exiles recording their parts from luxurious locations and villas around the world.

There were loads of musicians on the record too, and here’s what Mick Jagger said about it:

“The thing about Exile is there’s a lot of musicians. You’ve got two piano players, you’ve got two horn players, Jimmy Miller playing drums sometimes. You’ve got all kinds of combinations going on – Mick Taylor playing bass if Bill wasn’t there.”

It took almost three years to create Exile.

“It was all rather chaotic. And we made it more difficult for ourselves by making it a double album. That’s just doubled your workload,” said Jagger.


Sometimes in life, great things come easy.

Like many other great records such as Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” or The Beatles’ “Please, Please Me”…

Both of which were rapid fast records to make in comparison to Exile.

…But other times, you have to work for it.

Same with the guitar, of course.

Sometimes playing guitar might feel easy and like the most natural thing in the world.

Other times, it can feel like an eternal grind (much like trying to make a record from the other side of the world to your bandmates).

Well, I know that feeling.


In fact, I think of writing a book as an epic journey like this.

I think of each book I write as writing an album.

Not only do I have to create all the arrangements of songs and musical examples, record them, structure the book, write it, edit it, get the images created…etc.

Lots of blood, sweat, and tears.

And some books, like some albums, have been easier for me to write.

On the other hand, some books need tweaking, adjusting, or amending until late into the night.


Each time I do write a book, I vow…

“That’s the last time I write a book! Never again!”

But guess what?

I usually quickly get the bug to start writing again.

My latest book, The Six String Lifer’s Handbook, is a unique book in many ways.

It’s the first spiral-bound book I’ve ever released.

And it’s a book that will NOT go on sale on Amazon.

In fact, only you on this email list will be able to get it.

But unlike my other books, it’s not a book I’ll be promoting ‘round the clock or anything like that.

In fact, this book will only be available to purchase until the end of the month.


Overall, I can honestly say it’s probably the most fun book I’ve created.

The process took some time.

There were many tweaks, refinements, and sections I scraped and replaced with better parts.

But the final result is probably the first time I’ve completed a book and thought it is exactly what I envisaged, but more.

I’ll explain why and how tomorrow when I’ll reveal how you can get the book.

I’m super excited to get it out there.


For now, if you can’t wait, then you might like to check out my mini eBooks, which you can find out more about below…

Guitar Domination Super eBook Bundle


Have a great day of practice from a very excited…

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


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