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Here is another 10-second tip for you to enjoy.

It’s all about doing one little thing that can make your playing more fun and that’s by…


Just playing the simple and recognisable melody


The melody, of course, is the part of a song we hum and sing along to…

Think everybody singing along to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as Simon and Garfunkel played in front of 100,000s in Central Park…

Or a family gathering where everyone is singing “Happy Birthday”…

Or if you’re into football (as in soccer) all the crowds singing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” (for some reason this happens a lot now – great tune though).


Anyway, no doubt reading that one or two of those little melodies popped into your head.

Now, if I said let’s take one of the above songs and strum it with a C F G chord, does any sort of sound pop up in your head?

Maybe, but when I talked about the melody, no doubt that was a stronger thought.

Music is mostly melody.


If you can’t yet play a song or the songs you do play, aren’t that recognisable…

Try playing the melody.

Often melodies are easy to play on guitar, and they work on both acoustics or electrics (where you can add overdrive and even effects like delay).

If you want to learn some great melodies, my Fingerstyle Collection course is on sale for a few days and features 18 wonderful complete fingerstyle songs where we take the melody and fill them out with a 3-step plan (based on my 3D Method of learning fingerstyle songs)…


…But that’s not all.

There are five starter melodies (of very famous songs) you can learn in just minutes.

These are confidence building and fun. Plus, others will recognise them when you play them, and that’s always a good thing.

Find out more below…

The Fingerstyle Collection – learn 18 beautiful arrangements and discover the 3-step method


Hope you have a great weekend 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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