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

  • Improve your technique
  • Play songs more musically
  • Smooth out your tone
  • Get faster chord changes
  • Reduce soreness and pain
  • Learn 10 beautiful patterns

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.

Eventually, 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.

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.

Fingerstyle 101

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:

  • Brand new techniques
  • Brand new fingerpicking patterns
  • Brand new tips, advice, key takeaways, and more

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... 

  • Learn the patterns as used by Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ed Sheeran, and more - includes how to Travis Pick, the best beginner fingerpicking patterns, the infamous "Cascading" pattern, and more...
  • Discover how to fingerpick using the "T.E.S.T. method" - A step-by-step system developed while teaching over 120 real-life beginners aged 40+.
  • Fix your bad habits, get better rhythm, and sound more musical... Science has shown you can even improve your brain health with a clear and concise 20 minute per day practice routine.

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...

  • Discover how to play the "Inside-out" and "London" Travis picking patterns (pages 62 & 73) as used in 100s of classic songs.
  • Find the three exact cures that fixed my students' slow chord changes once and for all (page 28).
  • A surprisingly simple thing the pros do to avoid plucking wrong strings even when NOT looking (page 12).
  • How to fix the "7 deadly fingerpicking mistakes" which make 90% of beginners want to tear their hair out! (page 36).
  • The trick the ancient Greeks used that can help you remember more, no matter how bad your memory is (page 106).
  • The "Going-Up" pattern used in many songs such as "Hallelujah", "Unchained Melody", and "Everybody Hurts" (page 42).
  • Reduce your brain age by up to 10 years using a scientifically proven creativity exercise discovered in a BBC documentary (page 107).
  • Learn the "Ultra-Flexible" pattern used in "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton and "Always on My Mind" by Elvis Presley (page 58).
  • Why using a pick can improve your fingerpicking tone (page 14), how your phone can help you improve faster (page 107), the exact steps on how to simplify each pattern (page 46), and more...

All 80+ examples are taught in TAB along with standard notation. 

You also learn how to read TAB properly, and get a 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.

Speaking 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 heartwarming story...

Read this to see how far Pam has developed.

Pam Testimonial

Pam told me, like many others do, that she was taught poorly previously. This brings me 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. 

  • Discover how to quickly adapt all 10 patterns to ANY other chords - giving you endless "getting lost in the moment" fun (page 98).
  • Why you should think like a drummer if you want better rhythm AND the only four rhythms you need to know (page 33).
  • The surprising answer to the "should I fingerpick with my nails or skin?" debate - with an answer that goes back 100s of years (page 21).
  • The pinkie! Why you should avoid it sticking out like you are drinking tea with the queen of England (page 14).
  • How silly phrases such as "Gary Eats Chili Dogs" can help you STOP forgetting the things you learn (page 106).
  • The two chords taken from a 19th-century ballroom waltz that will add romance and love to your playing almost instantly (page 92).

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...

  • The two things inspired by the wizardry of Harry Potter, which you must do daily to make improvements (page 22).
  • What guitarists like Eric Clapton and James Taylor, who are playing their 5000th or more, pro gig do to ensure they keep improving (page 104).
  • The fun and silly "Pet Test" where you can even use your dog or cat's reaction to gauge your progress! (page 109).
  • The pro technique called the "Cup", which will help stop you from plucking the wrong strings once and for all (page 12).
  • How to avoid accidentally muting strings in chords such as C Major and D Major when fingerpicking (page 25).
  • Plus... How to use a capo if your chords buzz (page 29), fingerpick triplets with the "Romanza" pattern (page 68), 3 steps to training each hand completely (page 8), and more...

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.


Your passion.

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:

  • Paul Simon and James Taylor (classic folk)
  • Ferdinando Carulli and Fernando Sor (classical)
  • Ed Sheeran and Fleetwood Mac (pop)

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...

Facebook Group
Facebook Group

And to see how my students are making progress, read their responses 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.

Facebook Feedback

Discover the T.E.S.T. METHOD, build confidence, and get organised

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

  1. 1
    Part I - Learn the fundamentals of fingerpicking - This section will help you fix bad habits, improve your musicality, and start having fun from today.
  2. 2
    Part II - The 10 most beautiful fingerpicking patterns used in many songs such as "Streets of London", "Always on My Mind", "Unchained Melody", and more...
  3. 3
    Part 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 my assistant or I 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... 

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Both versions come with Free Membership to the Facebook Group ($27 Value) and a collection of free bonuses worth $292

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.

Dan Thorpe

P.S. One more thing...

For a strictly limited time, get these 5 bonuses - 100% free

Bonus #1:

How to Add Melody to Any Chord for Endless Improvising Fun! (video)

  • Learn the simple steps to being able to jam over any chord. It is as easy as adding & removing fingers, but here I show you the subtle secrets.

Bonus #2:

Discover the “Ear Training 101” exercise to improve your aural skills in just minutes 

  • Everybody wants to improve their aural skills to learn songs faster. Find out how with this simple method anyone can learn.

Bonus #3:
A Step By Step Beginner's Guide on How to Play Percussive Fingerstyle 

  • Learn how a simple percussive hit in the style of Ed Sheeran can almost make it sound like you have a drummer playing alongside you!

Bonus #4:
Country Convoy! A Fun and Exciting Solo Guitar Jam in the Style of Country Legends

  • If you like country music, you will love learning the "boom-chicka" sound in this unique fingerpicking piece. Saddle up, partner!

Bonus #5:
6 Powerful Quick Tips to Improve Your Barre Chords Faster Than Ever

  • Let's face it, barre chords are tough but important. Get them sorted once and for all with this simple, methodical guide.

Bonus #6:

How to Learn and Understand the Notes on the Fretboard.

  • An easy to follow guide to demystify the fretboard so you will be able to run up and down the neck with confidence.

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.


Harrogate, UK

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.


Pasadena, CA

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.


Newtownards, NI

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".


Southampton, UK

About the Author

Dan Thorpe

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...

Amazon Reviews

Warning: It is not for this type of guitarist though...

If you're a jazz player or heavy metal guitarist, this book is probably not for you.

More importantly though, if you are not willing to practise for a small amount of time each day, there is no point in getting it.

The book will motivate you, help you, and encourage you, all while showing you how to play stunning music...

But you have to use it, of course...

So, if YOU want to save time, improve your technique and have more fun, try Fingerstyle 101 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve bought lots of books and courses, but never seem to finish them, how is this different?

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 organised, 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

Hi Dan, I had the original Fingerstyle 101 and liked it a lot - what's new in this version?

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.

How safe is your site when putting my card details in?

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.

I'm 72, the book sounds great, but I’ve only played for 8 months and still struggle with chords. Will I still find it useful?

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 played since I was 48, (56 now), and consider myself an intermediate player, do you think I’ll get much from the book?

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.

How long will it take to see results?

Great question. Practise 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.

guarantee it will change your guitar playing for the better. Try it today with my money-back guarantee.

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