I love writing songs, and the benefits of it are great.

The creativity is wonderful…

The benefits for your brain health are great…

…And the chance to put lots of things you’ve learnt from other songs into one big “melting pot” and put your own spin on it all is fun.


Well, speaking of songwriting, it’s been a little slow going lately with the songwriting challenge in the Fingerstyle 101 Facebook group…

It’s been super busy here, but now it’s time to continue on with the challenge.

Basically, in case you don’t know, recently we decided we were all going to write a song together in the Facebook group.


Well, so far, we’ve decided the:

  • Key (which is G Major)
  • The main chord progression for the verse (G-D-Em-C)
  • The fingerpicking pattern (which is one I call the “Going Up” pattern – it’s pattern #1 in the Fingerstyle 101 book).
  • The structure of the song (we decided the chorus will use the same chord progression as the verse, but will be strummed).


Now we need to decide on the bridge which will link the verse and the chorus…

Then, we can work on the melody…

Finally, we can add the lyrics to the piece.

This is what I aim for us to do in the next few weeks.

So, that’s a little update for you.


In the Facebook group, I’ve just created a post with two possible versions of the song.

You can listen to them, learn the versions, play along, and answer the super quick poll to choose whichever version you like the sound of best.

If the idea of writing a song together appeals to you, head over to the Facebook group if you’re already a member (see the link near the bottom of this email to access).


…And if you are not yet a member but want access, you’ll need to have purchased either the Fingerstyle 101 book/course or any of my other products to join (this is to keep the group relevant).

If you want to get any of my products, a good place to begin is with the Fingerstyle 101 book or course and you can check it out below…

Fingerstyle 101 – a step-by-step guide to beautiful fingerpicking guitar playing


Happy fingerpicking! 

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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