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


Email #1…

“Thanks so much to you all for sharing your stories. Excited to think about the year to come and where my playing will be. 

I too like/appreciate a more methodical approach.  

I took 3 months of personal instruction but gave up on it, as my instructor never seemed prepared.  

He’d ask me what I wanted to do in just about every lesson.  I asked for a little theory, and he showed me a book I could buy.  Frustrating for sure.”



Pleased to hear David is excited for 2022.

We are already almost two weeks into the new year.

So, how are you getting on so far?

Definitely a good idea to keep track of where you are at and ensure you make progress each week and month.


Just think of where you will be by the end of the year if you do that!

Having some sort of structure and method is of course super important, especially if you have ever had a “tutor” like David did.

(I use the word “tutor” loosely as this guy just sounds like another horror story hack).


Anyway, if this happened to you, forget the past, be like David and make a fresh start…

Be warned though, if you have a tutor or want to get one this year, beware of those who ask the question:

“What would you like to learn today?”  – that is the ultimate sign of a lack of preparation (and respect) on their part.


Anyway, onto Email #2

“Because of you, I bought a folk guitar that FITS ME, because of your telling me to try one.

I supported a local Milwaukee, Wisconsin business and made them happy, bought my sis her first soprano ukulele and my new guitar, both are Luna brand. 

Through your instruction, you have helped me improve my skill beyond belief.  

I just admire and adore you due to improving my life!

Please feel free to post this.”



Of all the advice I give to students, or anyone can give you to, the simplest is often some of the most powerful.

…Ensure the guitar you are playing suits YOU.

It surprises me how little guitar teaching gurus talk about this (there’s not a whole lot of “likes, shares, and subscribes”, let alone money to be made in this advice, which is probably why).

It’s crucial though.


Get the guitar that feels, sounds, and inspires you the most.

What I love about this email is how happy Amy is now, and when you get a student sharing the love for music like she is with her sister, you know she’s having a blast.

Being able to play music can be life-changing, as Amy attested to.

It is that powerful.

I hope you have this feeling too.


If not, you may need some guidance, some technical help, or a little inspiration.

A good place to start is with my Fingerstyle 101 course.

I can’t promise you huge results like what Amy has achieved but I can promise, if you put in the effort, make sure you have some time to use and apply the lessons each day, you will be far further down the road of being in love with the guitar than ever before.

So, if you enjoy fingerpicking or want to learn, you can find out more about it here…

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


Enjoy your 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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