tool bag

One thing I’ve really disliked about YouTube over the years is all those videos on “hacks” and the like.


When I used to have a browse about on there, you couldn’t look for more than a few minutes without some video about an “amazing hack” popping up.

Most of these guitar hacks were of course, nonsense, and usually quite difficult (especially for beginners) or they were actually something quite boring/impractical to use.

Instead of learning hacks or whatever (I’ll stop using that word now as it bugs me), I find it far better for students to have a special move or a simple trick in their tool bag.


What I mean by this is a small little flurry of fast notes, or an impressive run up and down the fretboard, a hammer-on or pull-off, a legato passage, etc…

…Basically, a proper technique used in the intermediate/advanced world of guitar playing, but one that is broken down into a simple few notes so everyone can use it…


This is totally different to a “hack” (darn, I said it again).

It’s something you can use in songs when jamming, and it’s a fun thing to impress others with.

It can also be a signature part of your playing.


If you feel like your playing is dull or “samey” I would definitely look to add a trick or two like this to your tool bag.


You don’t want to learn loads of these as you might not use them, but you do want to have a couple that you can call on and use at will.

One simple idea I love is when you strum an A minor chord and quickly hammer on and then pull off with a certain finger before plucking another note in the chord.

It sounds great and if you want to learn it, I throw down the gauntlet with a lesson in the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy for the month of April.


It’s been a “go-to” move of mine for years and works wonders in spicing this chord up.

The deadline to get this lesson and the other new ones is today.

Each month, I get a few people asking if I can re-open the cart so they can join, (which I don’t do as it’s not fair on everyone else who does join on time), so please be aware, time is nearly up.

Find out more about the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


Have a great day, get yourself a fun tool in your tool bag, and happy playing…

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. If you need patience, focus, motivation, and a specific plan, the lessons are all designed to work together to help in a clear and straightforward way.

Plus, they’re fun… A member left a comment the other day inside the membership saying this…

“Absolutely loving this, someone heard me practicing the beginner one and said how good it sounded !!! When I listened to both pieces at the beginning of the month, I never imagined I would be able to even attempt the intermediate, but I am getting on really well with it just struggling with getting the last 3 or 4 bars to flow. Thanks Dan for the brilliant lessons.”

The above is what a monthly plan can do for you…


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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