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About Dan Thorpe
....learning later on in life how to play their favourite fingerpicking and strumming songs with more joy and less frustration.
Dan has taught a huge variety of students ranging in skill from absolute beginners who have never played the guitar before, all the way to seasoned pros with 40 years of playing experience.
If you are over 40 and love fingerstyle, rock and folk, you`ll love it here. (Even if you are under 40 but prefer classic songs you`ll love it here too).
I really love to teach guitar and have learnt soo many tips, tricks and techniques over the years that can and will shave years off your guitar playing....The same techniques that have worked for many of my personal students.
I want to share with you all those golden nuggets of information, the easy wins and the proper technique that will set you up for the long term.
Come and join me over at www.guitardomination.net/free-stuff and get two highly-rated eBooks completely free and my very best tips sent to your inbox.
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5 stars - "I needed this book 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
Learn how to play guitar with better technique, more confidence and have more fun with just 20 minutes of proper practice per day.
I`m Dan Thorpe, and I have taught over 100 adult beginners, aged 50+ how to have more fun on the guitar.
Now it is all in this straightforward and easy to follow guide...
Fingerstyle 101 features a wealth of techniques, fingerpicking patterns, tips, and advice, giving you a complete guide to fingerpicking guitar.
- Learn 10 stunning fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to be able to play 1000`s of songs (inc. 60`s folk, vintage pop, classical and more).
- Discover the exact techniques that the pro`s use - such as Paul Simon, James Taylor + more...
- How to "Travis pick" properly just like the 60s folk fingerpickers - using the two key patterns that most people learn wrong.
- The 7 deadly fingerpicking mistakes and how to fix them (most guitarists make at least 3/4 of these but even 1 or 2 can hit the brakes on your progress).
- Fix and improve your technique with my solid, from the ground up, step by step method of learning to fingerpick - meaning no more sore fingers.
- A 20 minute per day routine to practice
That is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you have struggled before, this book will be like music to your ears - a new start where you can learn and improve...
Even if you believe you have "no ear for music" OR you think you are "too old to learn".
Here are just a few of the specific lessons as featured in the book.
- The exact 3 step method for smoother fingerpicking chord changes (p28)
- A scientifically proven exercise that can reduce your brain age (p107)
- "The Fingerpicking Tone Test" to improve your guitar`s sound (p14)
- Why you need to keep your body relaxed and how "scanning" can help (p19)
- The in-depth guide on how-to read TAB (p120)
- How to use your "Mind`s eye" to help you remember more (p105)
- The Rhythm 101 guide (p32)
- My "Minimum Pressure Required" technique to reduce sore fingers (p16)
- Over 80 audio examples which can be streamed or downloaded (played at normal and slow speeds) with notation, tab, and TAB pdf.
- PLUS...A BIG selection of fingerpicking bonuses unavailable anywhere - 100% free
5 stars - "This book represents a gold mine of fingerstyle technique and advice for guitarists of all levels." G. Lynch
5 stars - "Dan has done it again! Fingerstyle 101 is another G.R.E.A.T. book.
…the most comprehensive book you will find on how to take your strumming skills to new heights, where you will go from not being comfortable at strumming or being downright poor at it, to…
… sounding like a professional strummer with great tone, learn how to play the most important strum patterns…
…have complete mastery over your rhythm skills and learn how to perform a wide variety of stylish and elegant sounding strumming “tricks”.
If you have ever thought…
“My strumming sounds weak and sloppy”
“How do I work out the strumming pattern for a song?”
“I only know one or two strumming patterns and I use them for everything!”
“My strumming is boring!”
“I have really poor rhythm and can`t keep in time for toffee”
…If you have said, “yes!” to any of the above, then, you have come to the right place.
This book is the solution…
In this book, you will find in-depth tutorials, a large library of over 100 audio examples, all the tab for each example and plenty more.
This book is the only resource you will ever need to be able to become a professional sounding strumming guitarist…
…where you will be able to strum with great tone, rhythm and timing, and never run out of interesting and fun strumming ideas.
Most Beginner Guitarists Are Very Frustrated By Their Ability To Strum
The first problem many guitarists encounter, is they are rarely taught how to strum with good technique. This means they often have a shrill, messy or jerky strumming sound which sounds and feels sloppy.
In this book, I will take you through the most common strumming mistakes that nearly all beginners make – and more importantly, I will teach you how to improve these areas right away!
Many Guitarists Learn One Or Two Strumming Patterns And Stop There – No Wonder They Get Bored!
They strum the same exact pattern in the same exact way and don`t actually feel much excitement or joy with their strumming.
There is a huge world of amazing things you can do with strumming but most guitarists never really learn how.
Like any skill, strumming takes practice, but the practice becomes much more enjoyable when you are given a clear path, explanations of what you need to do or avoid… and a proper plan to move forward.
The tools you will learn to use in this book will give you all of that and so much more.
Learn The Most Interesting And Useful Strumming Patterns Ever – And Learn How To Choose A Suitable One For Any Song!
Every guitarist should learn the core patterns. (There are actually 16 awesome and incredibly useful patterns taught in this book).
In this book, you will learn the most useful, inspiring and exciting strumming patterns ever created for the guitar.
Once you learn these, you will have a huge arsenal of fun and exciting rhythms and strum patterns that will make all of your music fun for the rest of your playing.
Discover The Secrets Of Great Strumming Such As Pick Strumming, Bass/Treble Strumming, Percussive Strumming And Much More.
These include learning techniques such as:
How to use “swing”
How to u
Do you want to learn beautiful fingerstyle versions of Jingle Bells, Silent Night, O Christmas Tree, Deck The Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas?
This is not like any other Christmas guitar book you have read or seen.
In this book I`ll teach you how to play 5 Christmas carols…
….and not only that…
….I have created 3 stunning arrangements for EACH of them – totalling 15 versions all in all.
Each of the Christmas carols has an easy beginner version, a medium version and a harder version for advancing guitarists.
Dan Thorpe`s step by step book teaches you how to play five of the most famous and well-loved Christmas Carols of all time.
In the book, I take you through each version in a step by step manner and each version comes complete with tab, sheet music, audio, chords and lyrics.
There are also audio recordings for each version in full for you to download or stream so you can actually hear the piece played in real time. (It`s shocking at how many books and authors don`t do this!)
Instead of buying a book with the carols that you don`t know or like, or searching on YouTube for an arrangement that is suitable for your skill level, I recommend you take a look at this book and get started playing a piece that is made for YOUR current skill level.
And if that`s not enough!
There is also a printable PDF for each of the 15 arrangements so you can print off, put in a folder and learn wherever you are.
Everyone can at least learn the Easy arrangement even if they can`t yet play chords.
Reader reviews for this and other Dan Thorpe fingerstyle books
“This is one of the best guides that I have read.”
“As this is in three stages, it is very easy to first get the theme of the song. Then once you have mastered it go on and embellish it. The instructions are straightforward. and I am making very good progess at fingerpicking these songs.”
“Starts with the basics and builds upon them. Very detailed and it has helped me tremendously with the technique. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn the techniques outlined in this book.”
Five Stars - “Not my first purchase from Dan and sure it won’t be the last. Clear instruction in a relaxed manner ideal for any guitar student. Can’t wait to get further into it. This guy has been a great help to me!”
“I was stuck with my guitar progress and then found Dan. His material is excellent, easy to follow and makes a lot of sense. I am already starting to see a way forward with my musical journey. Plenty more is available from Dan, so look forward to becoming a better player.”
“It is in three stages easy, medium and hard and for someone like me (a ‘newbie’ at 62) the easy is great but once you get to grips with the easy it is so well explained that you can progress to the medium or even hard.
Great book, great teacher. ”