Here are two more interesting emails I have got lately.

I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…


Email #1

Hi Dan,

I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your book. I haven’t played my guitar in over 40 years since I was a teenager. I never took lessons, and a friend taught me a few things. Once that friend moved, I quit playing. 

I decided to try playing it again. Your book (Fingerstyle 101) is so easy to follow. I love all the extra downloads, audios, and videos. They are extremely helpful. 

I’ve been practising each day and I can see a huge difference. I like how you use both tabs and the music as well in your lessons. I’ve played the piano since I was a kid, so reading the music is not a problem. 

I just have to transfer the notes to the guitar.  If I had all of this available to me years ago, I probably wouldn’t have quit. Thanks for being such a great teacher!




Emails like this are great to read.

I do love to hear how the book helps others.

What is extra great is that even though Lori had bought the book without really knowing much about who I am…

She got it, used it, and applied the lessons.

Now it seems like she is having a blast.

This is all I ever ask for with students.


Applying the lessons inside is key.

Things like proper technique, using the correct fingers, consistency, the patterns, precision of the fretting hand, why you should try to avoid looking back and forth at each hand, etc.

If you practise these things well, it will make a big positive difference to your playing.

If you tried guitar years or even decades ago, but are just getting back into it, take a leaf from Lori’s book.

It is possible for you to succeed, and if you practise daily, apply the lessons, and keep positive, it’s not just possible but highly likely you will succeed and achieve your goals.



Okay, onto email #2…

This wasn’t an email but a comment on a Facebook post.

I posted a video of a student talking about my Fingerstyle 101 book. In the video, Pete was talking about the book and played a piece from it.

This is what the commenter said…


“I see you carefully placed the camera at an angle where no one could really see you pick the strings. No worry, YouTube has videos of people giving lessons on picking for free.”


For some reason, the person who watched the video thought Pete was me.

She thought he/I had intentionally angled the camera so the viewer could not see what the picking hand fingers were doing!

Honestly, this beggars belief.

I am not sure if the person who wrote the cynical comment had been smoking something funny or what but it’s clear this 2-minute video was not a lesson.

Instead, it is a student detailing how the book can be useful for your playing.


One of the reasons for posting was to promote the book but also because…

I know how motivating it can be for students hearing from other students like Pete who have been learning later on in life and making wonderful progress.


Anyway, you can click the link below to see the video for yourself (which will hopefully motivate you too) and find out more about the book:

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


Have a great day of practice!


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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