Attention: Fingerpicking guitarists over 50... Are you tired of YouTube, being frustrated when you fingerpick, and having no plan to follow?

Learn How a Simple yet Rarely Known Teaching Method Transformed a Fingerpicking Guitarist's Playing for Less Than the Price of a Pack of Strings

You too can play guitar with better technique, more confidence, and can have more fun with just 20 minutes of proper practice per day...

...even if you believe you have "no ear for music", you are "too old to learn" or you have "no natural talent"

  • Learn 10 of the most FUN, exciting, and useful fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to play 1000s of songs and have more fun on the guitar
  • Discover how to fingerpick your guitar using a simple, step-by-step method that will help you to avoid months and maybe even years of frustration
  • Play guitar without pain, meaning no more sore fingers, and minimal discomfort so you can actually make music that YOU enjoy

"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

It's all in Fingerstyle 101, the brand new and exciting second edition 


From the studio of guitar teacher, Dan Thorpe...

Dear fingerpicking guitarist,

If you don't already know, I'm Dan Thorpe, I'm NOT a world-famous guitarist and I don't have a degree in music.

What I can tell you though, is that I am very experienced in teaching adults...

....aged 50+ how to fingerpick properly, play with great technique, and learn guitar in the most fun way possible so they love every second of their playing.

There is a big problem in the world of guitar playing and fingerpicking in particular...

...He sat there, straining and trying his best to fingerpick a version of "Unchained Melody".

Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead.

...And his fingers looked so sore, it seemed like they were about to bleed.

Yet the music was stilted, awkward and in his words, "sounds nothing like the song".

The dog would even run away when he played guitar. He even felt like smashing his guitar up on occasions!

This was 67-year-old Mike during his first lesson with me.

I could totally understand his pain.

You may have felt this way too and if so, I will share a solution in a moment.

For about a year, Mike tried learning from YouTube videos and Google, but nothing worked.

All Mike wanted to do was play his favourite 60s folk fingerpicking songs.

Fingerpicking should be relaxing and enjoyable, NOT a physical workout where your fingers are left feeling sore!

The truth is, most guitarists are like Mike. 

If, like Mike, you practise super quietly at home, secretly hoping your husband or wife doesn't hear you, you will know how this feels.

There were four big factors that were holding Mike back and they are probably holding you back too.

Two of these factors are "Technique" and having a "Specific plan".

By the end of his first lesson, I got Mike comfortable with a few ideas that made a difference to his technique.

I also gave him a specific plan on how to practise to get the most from his playing in just 20 minutes per day.

Over the next few weeks, and with lots of hard work, Mike started to see little breakthroughs. 

Each breakthrough helped him get past all of his most frustrating hurdles, little by little. 

Mike could see, hear, and feel progress. He was now making real music. 

After months of proper practice and feeling revitalised and excited to play each day, Mike's story had an amazing ending.

The special moment came when he learnt how to play a fingerpicking version of The Beatles' song called "I Will", which was his and his wife's most treasured song.

He no longer feels sick at the thought of playing in front of someone else.

Instead, he performed it in front of her for their wedding anniversary.

It brought tears to her eyes.

That moment was one they will both cherish forever.

These days, Mike plays his favourite songs with confidence and with a big smile, and he even has the confidence to jam with his grandson. 

...And the dog no longer runs away when he starts to play.

The solution for your fingerpicking success is to have an easy-to-follow AND simple step-by-step plan

We got Mike to where he wanted to be using a simple plan with just 20 minutes of proper practice each day...

This plan is what I want to show you and you can get it in a straightforward and easy-to-follow book.

This book is the culmination of 1000s of hours of teaching guitar to people just like yourself.

Imagine being like Mike and making little improvements each day...

So that in a year you can play with great technique and confidence and be able to play the songs you love. 

Well, now you can...

Introducing Fingerstyle 101 (the brand new and massively updated 2nd edition)

Fingerstyle 101 (2nd edition) is an easy-to-follow book all laid out for you in a simple to follow way.

It has been totally rewritten, refined, and is now ready for you so you can become the fingerpicking guitarist YOU want to be. 

Here are just some of the things you will learn in the book:

  • A brand new and massively updated version that features a wealth of new techniques, fingerpicking patterns, fun tips, and more (over 3 times the content of the original edition), giving you a complete guide to fingerpicking guitar.
  • Learn 10 stunning fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to play 1000s of songs. These are probably the only patterns you will ever need to know, yet some are rarely taught.
  • Specifically written for those over 50 and learning later on in life - this means you will learn the patterns and techniques needed to play the styles you love - e.g. folk, classic pop, Travis picking, and more... 
  • Discover my unique "T.E.S.T. Method" of learning fingerpicking guitar - a hybrid "best of the best" method, combining proper technique with a laid back yet scientifically proven method of learning.
  • Learn the exact techniques that the pros use - techniques that legends such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, and many more use to fingerpick to a high standard.
  • How to play without pain, meaning no more sore fingers, no more frustration so you can move your fingers with real freedom... possibly for the first time.
  • A 20 minute per day routine to practise these methods -  yes, it takes practice, but the plan is here for you so you will NOT need to look at YouTube or random lessons anymore.
  • Learn a collection of unique, beautiful, and enjoyable fingerpicking arrangements. These will give you years of enjoyment and teach you many new skills that are applicable to the songs you love.
  • The 7 deadly fingerpicking mistakes and how to fix them - these are the 7 big issues that all fingerpickers struggle with but are all fixable with a little practice, (the first step is knowing what they are).
  • Learn the two most useful, common, and exciting "Travis picking" patterns you likely ever need to know to allow you to play loads of classic songs and ideas.
  • The most destructive bad habit that 99% of beginner fingerpickers struggle with and the specific steps to fix it (warning - this habit ruins the day-to-day playing for most guitarists).
  • How to reduce your brain age - do this simple fingerpicking exercise each day and science has proven that it could possibly reduce your brain age by up to ten years.
  • Learn the mostly unknown method that seasoned fingerpickers use, which allows them to rarely have to look back and forth at each hand when fingerpicking.
  • Find out how to build up speed using patterns such as the "Cascading" and "Romanza" patterns.
  • Discover my "three levels" of learning the fingerpicking patterns, making them much easier to learn than the way most people teach.
  • How to combine chords and melody at the same time - the way guitarists such as Ralph McTell and Paul Simon do.
  • Over 80 audio examples with notation, tab and full audio (normal and slow speeds), and a printable "tab pdf" - all ensuring no stone is left unturned, so you learn the materials in the most effective way possible.

Fingerstyle 101 (2nd edition) takes you every step of the way from being a frustrated/stuck/beginner guitarist to being a confident, skilful, and happy fingerpicker!

For a limited time, get all of the above right now with 50% off.

Simply click the link below to purchase. 

Remember, if you are over 50, have slogged away for ages, and YET you still find fingerpicking hard, you will find this book a breath of fresh air.

Everything in the book is organised in order of difficulty in 3 parts from the absolute basics up ...making the journey for you more fun!

  1. 1
    Part I - Learn the fundamentals of fingerpicking - learn how to play with great technique, be comfortable with the absolute basics, fix the most common fingerpicking mistakes, and have the tools needed to get a rock-solid foundation to fingerpick to a high standard.
  2. 2
    Part II - Discover the 10 most exciting, fun, and beautiful fingerpicking patterns - all taught with fun examples and all starting off in a super simple way and then getting progressively harder. This will allow you to play beautiful music at your current skill level and develop as you go through the book. 
  3. 3
    Part III - How to develop as a fingerpicking guitarist consistently even when you have finished the book. This includes how to learn faster, improve your memory, enjoy your practice sessions more, and possibly even keep your brain age younger! Learn all of this in a fingerpicking context.
Fingerstyle 101 is specifically written for those who are 50+, new to fingerpicking or have struggled with it in the past

The good news about learning an instrument is that it is good for your brain.

A recent BBC study* on identical twins even showed that doing something creative each day can reduce your brain age by 6 years in just one month!

The guitar is perfect for this sort of creativity.

In the book, I show you how to be creative while fingerpicking so you can get these big potential benefits.

You are NOT too old to learn!

Age is not a barrier. 

Remember, if you are like most of my students, you will most likely have doubts about your playing too. 

Everyone has doubts, but you DO have the ability to be a good guitarist and have fun on the guitar.

I have taught dozens of guitarists who started when they were over 60. They doubted they were good enough at first, but they made it. 

The only caveats are NOT giving up and using a proper plan/proven method - both certainly make the journey easier. 

If you are fed up with hopping around or using random YouTube videos where the instructor loses you along the way, then this book is for YOU.

It is time to STOP being a frustrated guitarist and instead become one who has a constant, happy smile and cherishes playing

How cool would it be to spend some time playing guitar with your child or grandchild?

A little jam with them if they play an instrument can mean lots of wonderful moments and memories.

If you have struggled with fingerpicking previously, remember, you too can go from frustrated to happy and have more fun on the guitar, both on your own and with your family...

Just like I have with my own son, Archie.

Don't waste time, don't waste money - instead use a proven step-by-step fingerpicking plan

This book is full of years (and thousands of hours) worth of lessons and advice. 

You could pay over £2000 ($2500) per year in person to learn these things (just like my private students do) or you could get the book today at a fraction of that price. 

Remember though, the small price for Fingerstyle 101 will save you more than just money.

It will also save you a LOT of your precious time.

If you have waited until later on in life to learn guitar, don't waste any more time.

Listen to a few snippets of some of the audio examples here

Below is a little track featuring just some of the examples taken from the book.

If you like what you hear, you can be learning how to play these pieces, with proper technique and with the proper steps, in just a few minutes. Enjoy!

Plus, for a limited time, get these bonuses - 100% free

You can order either the "HD video version" or the "Paperback" version of the course. 

No matter which version you order, you will get the following bonuses which you can access today

  • Bonus #1 - (Video) How To Add Melody To Any Chord for Endless Improvising Fun! - this is one of my most popular lessons and now you can get it too.
  • Bonus #2 – Discover the “Ear Training 101” Exercise to improve your aural skills in just minutes, which helps to make your playing more musical.
  • Bonus #3 –  A Beginner's Guide On How To Play Percussive Fingerstyle a simple technique that makes it sound like you are playing with a drummer!
  • Bonus #4 – A Playlist of My YouTube Tutorials Featuring 15+ Beautiful Fingerpicking Songs for you to practise the skills from the book. (These popular videos have a combined viewer count of over 1 million).

And that's not all - Learn how to play "Danny Boy" with my unique arrangement. With TAB and full HD video 

Get the complete tutorial for this stunning piece when you order today. Watch the first few seconds of the video below to see just what you could be learning today...

Get Fingerstyle 101 today as either a video course or PAPERBACK (with free delivery) 

For just one single small payment, and NO recurring fees... You can be reading this book in just a minute

You will only pay once for this book. 

The best time to improve your fingerpicking is now.

If you feel you aren't where you should be by now, don't waste any more time, this book will help. 


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  • Improve your confidence, fix bad habits, and get a step-by-step plan
  • Download all the videos & TAB so you can learn at your own pace
  • Interact with others, track progress, and ask questions inside the members' area
  • 90-Day No Questions Asked Money-Back Guarantee

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  • The paperback book sent 1st class and posted out the same day
  • A step-by-step guide you can place on your music stand 
  • Improve your confidence, fix bad habits, and get a step-by-step plan
  • 100+ technique building audio tracks to jam along with
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Order before 3 PM EST and we will post out today - if you order later, no worries, we will post out first thing tomorrow. Postage is free.

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

If you do NOT like technology, do not worry, reading this book is super simple

Once you purchase the book, you can be reading it in less than 60 seconds.

You'll get an email address where my technical support team or I will help you, so there will be no issues.

...but if you do have any issues, we will be on hand to solve them quickly!

If you order the paperback, you will get it posted out the same day you order it (for orders before 5 pm EST).

Just like the happy students below did...

This is what others think of the new edition of Fingerstyle 101...

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the book to a handful of "beta test" students for review and feedback. Here is what they said...


Harrogate, UK

Dan’s second edition of Fingerstyle 101 has been tweaked by constructive customer feedback to develop the fingerpicking patterns to an even higher level than thought possible.

This book represents a gold mine of fingerstyle technique and advice for guitarists of all levels.”


Pasadena, CA

Dan has done it again! This new, second edition of Fingerstyle 101 is another G.R.E.A.T. book. This is exactly what I, an old fart, need to boost my fingerstyle technique and motivation to practice."


Newtownards, NI

Over the years, I have seen and attempted to follow several finger-picking guides but yours is succinct and very accessible. The text reads very well and is 'personable' - I get the feeling that you really do want your readers to achieve."

I have used several of Dan’s books. In my opinion, the second edition of Fingerstyle 101 is his best yet. The first edition was widely praised and became an Amazon bestseller.

The second edition is even better. It has even more practical tips and advice on mistakes to avoid.

It is ridiculously good value bearing in mind that it comes with downloadable audio and PDFs of all the exercises." - Mike Barron (Southampton, UK)

Beware! Fingerstyle 101 is NOT for very advanced players or those who want a "quick fix"

If you have played for decades, or you can play loads of songs and are 100% comfortable with fingerpicking, you may learn a few tricks, but the book is probably not for you.

If you want to play like Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel or James Taylor in an hour, let me tell you, that ain't gonna happen. 

The book is definitely NOT a quick fix, but if you want an enjoyable and easy-to-follow plan for your fingerpicking success, then this is for you. 

Just like it is for Lynn, who emailed me the other day and said:

"Hi Dan, I just want to say, so far so good with the book. I love how it assumes you are an absolute newbie to fingerstyle. 

This is exactly what I need and my progress has been great so far. Thanks for all the tips, it really helps." 🙂

Lynn K

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee. If you don't improve your fingerpicking, have more fun, and play with better technique in the next 90 days, just let me know and I will send you a prompt refund immediately, no questions asked.

I have no problem offering this kind of guarantee. Why?

The techniques I use to teach guitar work repeatedly for countless students of my own in real life. I know these techniques work. They'll work for you too.

Because of this guarantee, there is no risk to you ordering this right now.

If you want to get the book, don't hang around, and if you have wanted to improve on the guitar for some time, go for it - you deserve it.

Dan Thorpe


Read these reviews for the 1st edition but realise this version is even BETTER!

Dan Thorpe


I'm Dan from Birmingham, UK (not Alabama).

I used to struggle with the guitar. I don't want you to struggle like I did.

Teaching guitar to those who are learning later on in life is something I am passionate about. 

That means - I want to teach you how to play with better technique, reduce tension and pain, be comfortable on the guitar, and learn songs faster.

Ultimately, my mission is to help you have much more fun fingerpicking on your guitar so you can cherish every moment with this wonderful instrument...

And do so with a smile on your face.

Dan Thorpe

Here are a few more nice words from other happy fingerpickers...

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*The BBC study on brain health was created as part of The Twinstitute series - Episode 4 of Series 1, first aired in 2019