Here are two more interesting emails and comments I have got lately.

I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…


Email #1

“Hi Dan,

I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your story.

It’s the first time I’ve smiled in two weeks. My mom passed away on December 12th from complications from dementia and a heart condition. She was 88 years old and had a good life.  She’s the one that got me into music but I didn’t follow thru with playing the guitar.  

I just picked it back up and decided that I need to do this.  I look forward to reading everything you send.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year!”


– Jerry (Going to be an accomplished guitar player!)


That’s a really heart-warming email to get this Christmas.

It’s nice to know my Christmas Santa Claus story (about him struggling to learn guitar at first – yes, even the great man found it tough) resonated with folks.

That Christmas day email I send out has become a bit of a tradition now.


Anyway, it’s nice to know a simple, funny little email brought a smile to Jerry’s face during a very sad time for him

To me, that’s what this is all about…

It’s the reason I teach it.

…And it’s the best thing about the guitar itself.

Having those fun moments picking up, escaping from the world, sharing the joy of music, and having music bring that little bit more happiness and joy to your life.

Can’t beat it!


Email #2

“Dan, watched Tommy Emmanuel playing the Beatles medley. I experience a good news/ bad news moment.

Good news – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bad news –  I realized that my expertise I can hope for is limited by time.

How do these Gods pick up a guitar and COMMAND it to bend to his will?  EMMANUEL, KNOPFLER and many more. Although I am far from alone down here. I also watched Emmanuel play Classical Gas. Mason Williams must have contemplated suicide if/when he watched Tommy bury his rendition.”



Ah, yeah, I know that feeling.

The guitar is both amazing and crazy all in one.

Amazing for the reasons I mentioned above.

Crazy because if you compare yourselves to others, it can drive you a little mad.

Yet this email from Dennis is a good reminder that comparison is futile.

Tommy has played for a long time – about 95% of his life, I think. He was performing at a young age, and pretty much his whole professional life, from what I gather, has been about playing music.


Like I said to Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy member, Dennis, the good thing is…

I have no doubt when he plays in front of others, some would feel a similar way.

Some people who are new to the guitar or would love to play, would watch Dennis and think…

“Crikey, I wish I could do that.”

You might not realise it, but the same more than likely goes for you too.

Even if you can only play a few simple things at this stage, I guarantee others would be envious.

Comparison is natural but futile.


Anyway, those are a couple of the many emails I’ve got recently.

I do try to respond to as many as I can, but it’s just not possible, so for everyone who has wished me and Archie a great Christmas and New Year…

Thank you!

I mean it, it really does mean a lot.

I wish you happy holidays and a Happy New Year to you.


If improving your playing is something you want to do in the New Year, then the best place I can offer for you is the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy.

I truly believe there is nothing like it out there anywhere – fun lessons, game-changing technical advice, a proper plan with the “5-Star Award”, beautiful songs, support, and more. Use it for hours a day or a small amount of time if you’re busy (the lessons inside will save you time trying to work it all out on your own).

Anyway, here’s the link to find out more…

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


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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