Attention: All fingerpicking guitarists aged 40+... Do you feel frustrated with no songs and no clear plan to follow?
This R.G.T. Qualified Guitar Teacher Who Developed the "T.E.S.T. Method" Reveals His Clear and Concise System Teaching You How to Fingerpick Beautifully in...
30 Days Or Less
PLUS: How a terrible bedroom guitarist went from being told to "quit playing" by his mum to teaching over 120+ successful students
Dear fingerpicking guitarist,
If you want to learn how to fingerpick with better technique and have more fun on the guitar...
Even if you have "no ear for music",
Then this guide will show you how.
Here's the story:
18 years ago, as a teenager, I first started learning guitar.
I would keep messing up the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "The Sound of Silence".
After a while, my mom would impatiently shout upstairs:
“Dan, will you shut that god awful noise up!”
She really did want the sound of silence!
And I was so frustrated, I wanted to smash up my guitar. (You may know this feeling!).
Despite this, I went from being awful to getting pretty good and then later...
My progress rapidly sped up.
Later I started teaching struggling adults aged 40+ how to fingerpick.
At first, boy, it was hard, but after teaching 1000s of hours of lessons I discovered four key secrets that helped these students...
To make faster fingerpicking progress, have more fun, improve their technique, and...
Fall in love with the guitar like they always dreamt of.
Yes, it takes practice, but now I want to share these secrets with you too.
V2 PLUS: How this led me to teach over 120+ adults how to fingerpick beautifully...
Even though they felt "too old to learn" and many didn't have enough time to practise
I'm Dan Thorpe.
Although my YouTube channel has over 1 million views and I have 400+ five-star reviews across the world on Amazon...
I am not a household name.
Despite this though, I get 20-30 emails/reviews per day from students who say things like:
"I needed this 60 years ago. Following Dan's teaching has become a daily pleasure. Anyone young or 80 like me can use this book with confidence." - Ian Laing
Even Drue James as well as Assaf Levavy from LickNRiff.com (with over 20 million YouTube views between them)...
Have been personally interviewed by me on my blog.
Over the years, I have taught 120+ real-life students how to fingerpick.
Now I want to share these secrets with you too.
V3 PLUS: How my journey really began when I discovered the dusty old handwritten notes my dad left behind
It was 2001.
Under a bunch of old family photos, were my dad's yellowing handwritten notes about guitar playing.
Dad was a great player, and the secrets written down were so simple...
Like an ancient relic being dug out from the ground, I dusted them off and...
I applied these simple lessons to the music I loved.
That is 60s folk, acoustic rock, classical, and pop.
Each day I got more confident, and within weeks my girlfriend was shocked by my progress.
She was already a good player herself but now she wanted me to show her some things.
Then, when I started teaching, my dad's dusty old notes were my template.
With over 10,000 hours of teaching and over 120 successful one-to-one students later...
I refined the ideas and brought them up to date using recent scientific research into learning, to make them even more powerful.
Then, I set about making them foolproof so ANY struggling guitarist could use them...
Keep reading to find out how these rarely taught methods can help you too
Introducing Fingerstyle 101 (the brand new and massively updated 2nd edition) - a step-by-step plan for your fingerpicking success.
Inside you will learn how to fingerpick using an easy to follow system. The new version comes in both paperback and PDF formats. Inside you will find:
There is over 3 x more content than in the popular 1st edition including a guide on how to read TAB if you are new to guitar. Here are just a few of the exciting things you will find in the book...
STOP! Before reading further,
you need to know this:
I must warn you, Fingerstyle 101 is NOT a magic bullet or "hack"
The book takes work AND practice.
If you're expecting to play like Paul Simon overnight or in a few weeks, it is not going to happen.
Most of my students only want to play for themselves, some occasionally want to play an open mic...
...BUT all are willing to put the time and effort in.
This book is for grownups and those who are willing to practise.
Saying that, if you want a simple 20-minute per day routine...
Let me tell you about what the book can do for your playing...
Learn 10 beautiful fingerpicking patterns that will help you on the path to being able to play 1000s of classic songs.
Have you struggled in the past?
If so, this confidence-building book may be the fresh start you need. Here's just some of what is inside...
All 80+ examples are taught in TAB along with standard notation.
You also learn how to read TAB properly, and get an ink-saving TAB PDF file...
Handy if you want an extra copy of all the musical examples printed out (e.g. to make notes on).
Better than that, the audio tracks are downloadable at normal and slower speeds so you can learn the examples in a steady, confidence-building way.
Talking of confidence...
If you think you are not good enough to get results, think again as:
71-year-old Pam would "sit and cry" because guitar playing was so hard, but watch her now. If she can do it, so can you!
If you have doubts about your ability, watch and be inspired by the video below. Watch Pam (and other students) play pieces from the book. See what you can be doing on your guitar too.
If you ever feel like you have no natural talent, realise this...
Pam and the others did NOT feel confident at first either, but to be frank...
If they can do it... There is no reason why you can’t too.
She even told me to tell this heart-warming story...
Read this to see how far Pam has developed.
Pam told me like many others do, she was taught poorly previously. This brings me on to a good point and an important question I want to ask you...
When was the last time your favourite YouTube teacher taught you a lesson on playing with good technique?
Most guitar "teachers" in real life and on YouTube just teach songs...
NOT how to play them with proper technique.
This leads to poor technique, crippling finger pain, and...
An increase in the chances of rheumatoid arthritis.
Ever get sore fingers like this? (see this image). If so, you have been taught all wrong.
You do NOT need calluses on your fingers - instead, you should use a light touch. What I call "Minimum Pressure Required".
Habits like pressing too firmly can be HARD to break, but the good news is...
To fix them, all you have to do is follow this simple system which includes:
How to combine chords and melody to make it sound like multiple guitars - just like guitarists such as Ralph McTell and Paul Simon do
Anyone can learn to fingerpick and play guitar; it just takes belief and the right knowledge.
Plus, 7 steps to sitting with the guitar properly. These will reduce strain, pain, and even give you a better tone (page 9).
Yet, most guitarists are lucky if they are taught any of these things (e.g. how to angle the guitar so troublesome chords like C Major are easier to play).
Plus, discover all of this...
Specifically created for those who are 40+...
Did you know learning later on in life can be to your advantage?
Many older students suffer from sore joints.
Yet, in the book, I show you how using a simple "leg support"...
Can help you immediately reduce the strain on your knees and back. Yep, simple changes like this can yield quick improvements.
There are dozens of examples like this BUT did you know...
Learning later on in life does NOT have to be hard?
In fact, you can use it to your advantage.
Kids often learn quickly but give up quickly.
Adults often start slowly, but once they get past the "tipping point", in my teaching experience...
They rarely give up.
Once an adult reaches the "tipping point", progress builds quickly, and the snowball effect starts to take over.
This book will help you reach this point where you never ever want to stop playing.
"I started learning at age 8 and it was easy, but I got bored and gave up a few years later.
Now, I am 67, it is much harder for sure, but I am so much more passionate and thanks to Dan's teaching even my 13-year-old grandson who is grade 4 on guitar was impressed with how far I have come".
Annette, Birmingham, UK
Learn to fingerpick in the styles of these legends
This book is NOT just about technique.
It is about getting you playing like your musical heroes so you can have more fun. Inside you will learn the techniques and patterns used by artists such as:
Want to learn to play in the styles of these guys too?
Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel, Donovan, Ralph McTell, Jim Croce, Joan Baez, Kansas, The Beatles, R.E.M., Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel...
I can't promise the book will make you play like these guys, BUT...
It will help you discover the key techniques needed to play their styles and songs.
Best of all, you won't be doing it on your own, because:
You are not just getting a book but an exclusive
community of like-minded fingerpickers
to help and support you too
Ask any experienced player...
Getting help on your guitar journey is key.
Most people learn guitar in cold isolation but if you ever feel lonely learning guitar, this is for you.
The Fingerstyle 101 Facebook Group - only available to those who purchase Fingerstyle 101.
When you get your copy of either the paperback or PDF, you get exclusive access to this group too.
Inside, there are 600+ dedicated members, all there to support you.
Most students in the group are also learning later on in life.
They are sharing support, tips, and they encourage each other every day.
Take a look below to read some of these recent posts from the group...
And to see how my students are making progress, read their response to my question...
"What has been your biggest achievement on guitar over the last few months?" The following is all inside the Fingerstyle 101 Facebook group.
Discover the T.E.S.T. METHOD, build confidence, and get organized
The T.E.S.T. Method is my secret weapon of teaching and for the first time, I am now sharing it with the world.
I go into it in more detail in the book, but the T.E.S.T. Method stands for:
Technique, Enjoyment, Specific Plans, Time Management
These are the four key areas most people neglect.
The T.E.S.T. Method will help you improve your fundamental technique, give you a specific plan to follow...
Help you make the most of your practice time and have more enjoyment!
These are the four essentials most guitarists need to succeed...
If you are curious about how the book is structured, this is how...
Fingerstyle 101 is made up of 3 parts which build upon each other in a clear and steady way
- 1Part I - Learn the fundamentals of fingerpicking - This section will help you fix bad habits, improve your musicality, and start having fun from today.
- 2Part II - The 10 most beautiful fingerpicking patterns used in many songs such as "Streets of London", "Always on My Mind", "Unchained Melody", and more...
- 3Part III - How to keep developing as a fingerpicker. Includes how to learn faster, improve memory, make daily improvements, use your practice time better, and more...
Listen below to hear some examples of what you can be learning in the book today
Below is a little track featuring just some of the examples taken from the book.
You may have purchased a course or book before and been "stung". If so, read this...
I have bought things online before and wished I hadn't bothered.
I want you to know, this is a real book (but you can purchase the digital version if you prefer instead).
This book has been carefully crafted over the years, not hashed together for a quick sale.
I want to build my community for the long term.
Once covid is over and things get back to more normality, I want to organise some get-togethers and workshops around the world, where we can all meet up and jam in person with each other.
The bottom line...
This book is about your long-term progress, not a quick sale.
This is the exact method I use with private students, but at a fraction of the price.
The book was created while teaching real students.
You can get it for less than the price of a pack of strings.
Not just that though, to put your mind at rest, there is this...
100% Money-Back Guarantee for 90-Days
Purchase With Confidence...It's Risk Free!
If, for any reason, you don't like this book, you can get a full refund anytime within 90 days after your purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch and me or my assistant will help you out or give you a swift refund.
If you have waited years or even decades to learn to fingerpick, now is your time.
You will even make your loved ones smile when you play
If you were busy with your career and kids and yearned to play guitar all those years... don't waste any more time.
Imagine in 30 days’ time playing beautiful music that makes your loved ones proud.
Where you feel delighted by what you have achieved and the music you can now play.
You play guitar in your garden, sipping a beer or glass of wine.
You smell the freshly cut grass as the birds chirp above you in the evening sun.
You relax and play beautiful music that washes over you like a waterfall...
All without a care in the world, not minding if the neighbours hear, and even secretly hoping they will...
As deep down you know they will be a little envious and in awe of your newfound musical skills...
You can have all this too - there is no reason why you can't.
For just one single small payment, (no recurring fees or anything like that) you can get all this today.
If you are keen on this, here’s what to do right now.
Choose which version you would like - digital or paperback.
Then click the add to cart button below...
...BUT only do so if you are going to use it, apply it, and keep coming back to it.
There are years' worth of lessons in this book, but no "hacks" and no magic bullets.
If you are up for getting it, using it, and applying the lessons, let's begin this journey now...
Get the read anywhere PDF + a printable TAB file
Shipped out the next day and delivered to your door with free 1st class delivery
NOTE - The price is in U.S. dollars simply because 90% of readers are from the U.S. You will be charged the conversion rate in your local currency if you are not in the U.S.
Before I wrap this up, I want to say thank you for reading and all the best.
The guitar has enriched my life and the lives of my students.
I want the same for you too.
Wishing you all the best.
P.S. One more thing...
For a strictly limited time, get these 5 bonuses - 100% free
How To Add Melody To Any Chord for Endless Improvising Fun! (video)
Discover the “Ear Training 101” exercise to improve your aural skills in just minutes
A Step By Step Beginner's Guide on How To Play Percussive Fingerstyle
Country Convoy! A Fun and Exciting Solo Guitar Jam In The Style of Country Legends
6 Powerful Quick Tips to Improve Your Barre Chords Faster Than Ever
How to Learn and Understand the Notes on the Fretboard.
And that's not all - learn how to play "Danny Boy" with my unique arrangement. With TAB and full HD video
Once you purchase Fingerstyle 101 today you will get access to watch and download this stunning piece.
Watch the first few seconds of the video below to see just what you could be learning today...
Here are the first bits of feedback from the readers of the 2nd edition
This book represents a gold mine of fingerstyle technique and advice for guitarists of all levels.
Dan has done it again! This new second edition of Fingerstyle 101 is exactly what I, an old fart, need to boost my fingerstyle technique and motivation to practice.
Over the years, I have seen and attempted to follow several fingerpicking guides, but this is succinct and very accessible. The text is 'personable' - Dan really does want his readers to achieve.
REVEREND MICHAEL BOSTOCK
I have used several of Dan’s books. The second edition of Fingerstyle 101 is his best yet. The first edition was widely praised and became an Amazon bestseller, but the second edition is even better. It is ridiculously good value".
About the Author
Dan Thorpe is from Birmingham in the UK (not Alabama).
He admits to struggling on guitar in his early days, but he's not shy about talking about these struggles.
Since then though, he has played many gigs, jammed with dozens of musicians, and is an RGT qualified member (Registry of Guitar Tutors).
Fun fact: Dan is an A-grade Psychology student (at college level) and has used this knowledge to develop methods to help guitarists learn faster.
These include the "Five times Rule", playing in your "Mind's eye", and "The 4 golden rules of learning guitar".
All of these are backed by research, and all are taught in the book. Each will help you cherish every moment with this wonderful instrument so you can play with a smile on your face.
See for yourself what over 7000 happy students from the 1st edition said...
Warning: It is not for this type of guitarist though...
Although it has 200+ 5-star reviews, in the interest of being completely transparent, here is the most critical review the book has had to date.
No doubt the writer of the review has played for decades (judging by his other reviews) and can play lots of songs.
Experienced and highly competent guitarists is NOT who this book is for.
I like the Mark Hanson book he mentioned and have my own copy, but that is for experienced guitarists who can already play to a high standard. If the writer of the review had Fingerstyle 101 forty years ago, he might have saved a lot of time and frustration with his playing back then when he needed it, and made even better progress.
Still, if YOU want to save time, improve your technique and have more fun, try Fingerstyle 101 today.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t believe there is a book out there anywhere like this. I have written this book the way I teach students, in a step by step way, with fun music, encouragement, and specific advice. It is organized, conversational, and fun. One student even said in an Amazon review:
“Dan talks to you like you are there, it’s like having a one-to-one lesson with Dan" - Steve
Lots more in the new version. More than triple the amount of examples, more patterns, now with slowed-down audio tracks as well as normal speed, sections on technique, and more. All in all, this is a bigger, more complete book than the first edition was.
It is 100% secure. We use https, the latest high tech website protection, and have daily website scans to make sure we are 100% secure.
The first example for each fingerpicking pattern is played on an E minor chord. Every beginner can play these examples with a few minutes of practice. Throughout the book, you will also get lots of tips on improving hard chords for beginners (such as C Major).
I’ve not seen you play, but most guitarists can enjoy this book. The materials are great fun to keep going back to, the technical tips will fix a lot of guitarists issues and the patterns are fun to play. I’ve never taught anyone who knew all the material in the book.
Great question. Practice for 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week and you will see results. Some results will be within a few days, but of course, guitar playing is long-term so expect real results over the next few months. I'm not a miracle worker though, so remember, you will need to put some time and effort in.
All this can be yours, right now, for as little as $9!
Take action now and transform your guitar playing today.
Watch the following reviews to see what the book can do for you
Finally... Not just fingerpicking but this is what other students say about my teaching...
Dave Tatman - private student
Mike Bowker - private student
This book is only available at this price and with the bonuses for a short period.
I guarantee it will change your guitar playing for the better. Try it today with my money-back guarantee.
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