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


Email #1


I started the Fingerstyle 101 course yesterday and find it fascinating.

 Just learning the correct way to hold the guitar is a game-changer.

I am Irish but was born in Blackpool during the time my father, Malcolm Butler played for “THE TEAM” at the time along with Stanley’s – Matthews and Mortenson.

I currently live in Orlando, Florida and play a Gibson ES347 and an Ovation acoustic.

One question; can you recommend a set of strings for my Ovation that will be better suited for Fingerstyle?




Nice to hear from Guy in Orlando (which is somewhere I plan to take Archie in a few years and somewhere very different to Blackpool!).

Anyway, onto the question of strings.

There is no set answer as to which strings are best.


A lot of strings are great but a set I really like at the moment are the D’Addario Silk and Steel strings.

They are lovely for fingerpicking and they make my £50 beat-up Aria acoustic sound great.

(This is the trusty old Aria I filmed my first ever YouTube videos with and the one I let Archie jam with these days).

These strings might be too mellow for some, but for many, they are worth a try.

As always though, string choice is very personal and something that takes experimenting with, so keep that in mind.


Okay, onto email #2…


Hello Dan,

I am interested in beginning to study the guitar with you. 

I have looked around locally in St Louis but find almost nothing of value…the internet offers tons of stuff just not what I think I need…

Then a patient of mine recommended I look at you.

As such, I have listened to some of the short clips you send out and more importantly your messages about the teaching style and philosophy you have developed…It resonates. 

I am 62 years old with a good ear, good fingers, coordination, and a love of the music you think is interesting. 

I am ready to start but still do not know exactly how…

So, for a ‘day one, lesson one’ guy, what are my first next steps??

John M.


It is a good question.

Although inside of it, I don’t really talk about the super basic “Day 1” stuff, my best, getting started, beginner resource is my Fingerstyle 101 book.

If you want a clear, concise, and step-by-step plan on how to play guitar properly…

Where you will learn all about posture, fretting notes properly, precise fingerpicking technique, and much more, then check out the book at the link below:

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


Have a fab day!

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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