Dan Thorpe

Author of Fingerstyle 101, and creator of Breakthrough Beginner

"I needed this 60 years ago. Following Dan's teaching has become a daily pleasure. Any guitarist young or 80 like me can use this with confidence" 

Ian Laing- student

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Hi, I'm Dan Thorpe. It's great to see you!

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Dan Thorpe.

I'm a guitar tutor who does things differently. I focus on teaching students how to play with good technique and have fun practising the guitar - using a clear and simple-to-follow plan. 

Most tutors have no idea how to teach people to play pain-free and with fluid fingers. My 11+ years and 1000s of hours of experience teaching students just like you, in person, has taught me a huge amount about what it takes for most people to learn guitar. 

Most of my students are learning guitar at age 40+. Many are retired and some are even in their 80s. All of those students who stuck with it made wonderful progress playing the songs they love, enjoying their practice, and have become confident with fingerpicking, strumming, folk, pop, rock, blues, and playing other acoustic styles. You can check out my blog posts on how to play guitar and this powerful guitar chord chart for more from me.

I'm passionate about helping students and I've discovered many breakthroughs and now I want to share them with you.

…Because I have no doubt you too can make wonderful progress on the guitar, and you can get started in just minutes.

...So if you want to check out my books, courses, podcast, YouTube channel, and other free resources, you can do so below...

To get in touch, email me at sales@fingerstyle101.com

what people say


"You are the only teacher I have seen or heard teach these awesome details! I’ve spent hundreds on lessons and have never had these taught! Very awesome and so useful!" 

James Nevins

"Thanks for the excellent and achievable plan! Helping me a lot! The way you explain it makes it so easy to play something that sounds really cool in a flash!"

Dr. Kim Knock

"Absolutely loving this, I never imagined I would even attempt it but I am getting on well with it. Someone heard me practicing and said how good it sounded!"

Joanne Crook

"You seem to have looked at what other guitar tutors put across, then you cover it all, but you fill in the gaping holes of information that most others just gloss over."

Ted Grimes


Need help with your guitar playing? Take a look at these two courses below.

If you are struggling with guitar and want to make fast improvements, enjoy your playing, and know exactly what to practise to play the songs you love, take a look at these two courses below.

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"Your course changed everything for me! I want to learn for my enjoyment and be confident enough to play for my kids and grandkids... For me, you are the perfect instructor and this month has been my best month of learning – I have learned 4 songs – my first actual songs, so I am really stoked!!!"
- Logan Hager

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