Here are two more interesting emails I have got lately.
I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…
“I’m 42 yrs old. started fiddling with the guitar about 2 years ago. I’m a fingerstyle player, picks just don’t feel right and I like the fingerstyle style much better.
I would like to improve my understanding of music. How to convert TAB to fingerstyle playing.
I love music and really want to be part of this world, meaning I listen to music constantly and really want a deeper understanding of how it’s played, written, sung, composed, etc.
I’m excited to try your method as you focus on older players.”
I’m super pleased Jeff is excited.
What I like about his email is that he sounds super passionate about music.
That’s great and here is something you might find interesting that I’m not sure I’ve mentioned all that much before…
My best students over the years have nearly always been those who are the most passionate about music.
These are the students who immerse themselves in music, listen to songs with a keen ear, study their favourite songs on a deeper level, do what it takes to pick up the guitar and practise each day, and find ways to have more fun on it, every single day.
Wherever you are with your journey, always look to keep and nurture that passion.
Onto Email #2
Just purchased one of your eBooks on fingerstyle and am excited to get started.
I am a 71-year-old beginner and have been studying guitar for about 16 months.
Played drums in the marching band in high school but then didn’t pick up a stick until I retired 5 years ago.
Tried going back to the drums diligently for 3 years.
Got the bug for the guitar and am really into that now, but I feel the time spent on the drums has helped.”
I often say, drummers usually do well on guitar.
At least the ones I have taught anyway.
This is partly due to their rhythm skills (I’ve never met a good drummer without great rhythm after all).
One thing to watch out for though, is that those who can play other instruments can find the guitar a bit of a shock at first.
That is because, as we all know, technically, guitar playing is tough (and as I mention a lot, not many teachers out there teach basic, fundamental technique).
…So, if you can play another instrument but find guitar tough…
Be patient, get your technique sorted and then the musical skills you have developed from your other instrument(s) will help you blossom on the guitar.
…And speaking of rhythm and technique, today I want to announce the release of my book, The Ultimate Guide to Strumming.
Yes, it has been a long time coming, but here it is out now.
I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for this for quite some time and if this is you, you will be pleased to know you can get it from Amazon at one of the links below:
If you don’t see your country listed above, simply go to your country’s Amazon page and type in the book or my name in the search bar (most countries sell it, from what I gather).
Plus, if you get the book, hit reply with either your order number or a screenshot of your order and I will send over a really fun video bonus to you that will entertain you while you wait for the book.
This bonus will be a good refresher too when you have read the book and learnt the techniques inside.
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.