Here are two more interesting emails I have got lately. I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…


Email #1…

 “Hi Mr Thorpe,

I found a book of yours on Amazon – Fingerstyle 101 and I ordered it.

You are one of a very very few that speak about teaching someone late in life. I am 65 years old and took guitar lessons in the 70s (see old lady lol). I played but only strumming chords. Then life happened and I drifted.

Anywhere I see people playing guitar I am heartbroken that I didn’t stick with it.

I have wanted to learn fingerstyle for a long time. Been all over the internet, but the lessons people want to offer seem scattered.

Can’t wait to receive the book I ordered on Amazon.

Thank you for taking the time to teach people of age.”



That was a lovely email, and I couldn’t help but be affected by the desire and heartbreak that Barbara had with learning guitar.

So many of you have waited to learn guitar for years because life got in the way.

Some try it out and find learning the thing overwhelming, what with all the random, infinite lessons out there – which leads me to this…


Onto email #2

I wanted to share this recent review of Fingerstyle 101 for anyone else coming back to, or learning guitar for the first time, later on in life …


 “Dan does a wonderful job explaining how to fingerpick. His book goes in a logical order and makes it very easy for anyone to learn.

In addition, he has included online access to recordings of him playing each lesson and also additional video lessons.

This book is awesome! I haven’t picked up my guitar for over 40 years and decided to actually learn how to play. I never took lessons when I was a teenager. If this book had been around 40 years ago, I probably would not have quit playing.”



Whether or not you get the book, students like David show that it is possible to make good progress on the guitar and it is never too late.

I like to share success stories of students because for every 10 I get sent, there is always one about someone giving up or feeling like they are not good enough.

That bugs me because it is simply not true – everyone is good enough.


You can find out more about the book at the link below:

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


I hope you found those thoughts useful and motivating.

Enjoy your 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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