Let’s end the year with a bang and something fun. 

Today we have my end-of-year quiz.


Unlike the “riddles” I did recently, which were solved super quickly, this quiz is designed to be unbreakable. Haha.

Kidding, the questions are fun and all about the guitar and music in 2023.



1 – More than 50 years after The Beatles broke up, the band released their “last song”. What is it called?


2  – Jeff Beck sadly passed away this year. He first rose to prominence as a member of which band?


3 – Which band released their first record of original material in 18 years, titled Hackney Diamonds?


4 – Which member of Genesis released his new album this year, celebrating by releasing one track for every full moon?


5 – The bandmate of Stephen Stills and Graham Nash passed away this year. Who was he?


6 – Which guitarist with the initials JP, performed live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (his first live performance in 12 years)?


7 – Gary Rossington passed away this year. Which band was he the last original member of?


8 – Which legendary fingerpicker released the album Seven Psalms?


9 – What was the bestselling song of the year in the UK?


10 – The mysterious identity of the man on the front cover of a legendary rock album was finally discovered this year. Which band’s fourth album was it?



Okay, there you go.

At the bottom of this email, I’ll reveal the answers

…But first I thought I’d share a couple more questions about my lessons.


Q – Which of the Acoustic Asylum podcasts got the most listens this year?

A – “How to fix suffocatingly slow chord changes”



Q – Which of the video “reels” on my new Instagram account got the most views?

A – The short video on fixing a brutal strumming issue!



Q – Which of my blog posts had the most likes and shares on Facebook?

A – A funny little “meme”-style image here



Finally, one more question…

Which amazing guitar tutor got asked if his accent was “cockney Irish”?

That was, of course…



Anyway, I hope all that was a bit of fun.

We had a mix of music trivia for the year and some links to some of my free content that people have been enjoying.

Scroll down for the answers.


If you enjoy the free stuff and want an inexpensive solution to help transform your playing in 2024, then check this out…

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


Have a great New Year’s Eve wherever you are in the world and I hope you enjoy the celebrations!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination





P.S. The answers are below…










Just so you don’t accidentally see the answers, you’ll have to scroll down some more…











1 – Now and Then

2 – The Yardbirds

3 – The Rolling Stones

4 – Peter Gabriel

5 – David Crosby

6 – Jimmy Page

7 – Lynyrd Skynyrd

8 – Paul Simon

9 – “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus

10 – Led Zeppelin


P.P.S. How many did you get right? The quiz is good fun, but will knowing the above make you a better guitarist?

Not really, although it can help you win more pub quizzes and look like a smarty pants in front of your friends, which is always a good thing… But what will make you a better guitarist? Without a doubt, this HERE.



P.P.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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