Attention: Fingerpicking guitarists over 50... Are you tired of YouTube, being frustrated, 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 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 avoid months and maybe even years of frustration
  • Learn how to play without pain or sore fingers so you can increase your motivation, rhythm, and musicality and 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 with confidence." Ian Laing

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

Dear 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 specialize in teaching adults who are 50+

...And just like them, you probably only want to play guitar for your enjoyment, to relax and unwind – and not to be a "star".

...So the reason why I'm giving you my book for free is simply because...

There is a big problem in the world of guitar playing

The truth is most beginner guitarists in the world are struggling.

You may wonder why all the time and money you spend trawling YouTube or buying courses still can't help you play the songs you love.

Or you may practice as quietly as a whisper because you worry others will hear you play.

...And the knots in your stomach may be getting tighter, as it feels like your progress is going backward.

Well, the real reason most guitarists end up letting their prized guitar gather dust in the attic is simply because...

Sad Guitarist
99% of guitar tuition is sadly too random with...
No Focus on Technique and No Clear Plan 

...And this is the real cause of slow progress.

I know this because I've taught the guitar for 10+ years and have seen all sorts of frustrated students.

That's why over the last 10 years, I've developed the "T.E.S.T. Method"...

...Which is now trusted by thousands of acoustic guitarists to end the "randomness" and rid them of their guitar-playing frustrations for good!

Think of the "T.E.S.T. Method" as your roadmap, helping you to enjoy what it feels like to be a confident guitarist...

...And making the frustrations of trying to figure out the puzzle of guitar playing a distant memory.

The "T.E.S.T. Method" is the backbone of my tuition, it's the reason why 9/10 of my students are happy and confident guitarists. It's all inside this...

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

Fingerstyle 101 is an easy-to-follow book specifically created for adult beginners and inside these pages you will discover:

  • How to play 10 beautiful fingerpicking folk, pop, and Travis picking patterns that will allow you to play 1000s of songs with good technique and confidence.
  • The simple secret to instantly ending the "Death Grip" so you can play without pain or sore fingers, which is a must-know lesson if you suffer from arthritis (page 16).
  • The exact patterns and chord progressions used by dozens of legends such as Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Ralph McTell, & Paul Simon.
  • The truth about chord changes, why hours of grueling practice is NOT the answer, and the "3-Step Method" to speeding them up (page 29).
  • The secret to developing the timing of a "Pro Drummer"... without having to do endless metronome practice. Instead, the Rhythm 101 exercise solves this issue and is a fun exercise you can learn in minutes (page 33.)
  • How to fix The 7 "Deadly" Fingerpicking Mistakes, including the single most destructive habit that 99% of beginners struggle with (page 36).
  • The fastest way to STOP plucking the wrong strings forever...  using a simple technique called the "Cup", which is a powerful but rarely talked about "Pro Secret" in the guitar world (page 13).
  • How the "Fingerpicking Tone Test" can help transform your tone from crackly and weak to smooth and elegant... almost overnight (page 14).
  • ...Plus, a memory trick used by the ancient Greeks (page 105), the 4 golden rules of learning faster, and a cheap tool that can help end buzzing chords for good.
John Philcox

John Philcox

I've tried many books and don't usually get to finish them. This is more concise and really motivating to make you want to practice.

G.L. Lynch

G.L. Lynch

The 2nd edition has been tweaked to an even higher level. A gold mine of fingerstyle technique for all levels.

A. Davies

A. Davies

A clear writing style that's easy to follow. It's like having a one-to-one lesson with Dan.

Mike Barron

Mike Barron

The 1st edition was a bestseller. The 2nd edition is even better. It is ridiculously good value.

  • Discover the essential "Cascading", "Outside-In", and "Romanza" patterns to play in a variety of styles, time signatures, and genres meaning almost every fingerpicking option is covered. 
  • And if that's not enough... How to combine chords and melody like a pro (page 103), the slightly weird secret to making your music "flow" (page 19), and get a clear guide on how to read TAB (page 120).
  • If you want a simple daily routine that will stop the frustrations of random lessons and scrolling YouTube for good, the simple 10-step plan on page 97 will be your roadmap.

Inside the book, you will get 80+ beautiful audio examples (played at both full and slow speeds).

Each example comes with clear instructions, full TAB, standard notation, and a printable PDF... 

Fingerstyle 101 is for you if you always wanted a complete fingerpicking guide to playing folk, pop, and Travis picking that will give you years of fun.

As You Can See...

No stone is left unturned in helping you overcome the hurdles that can come with learning the guitar as an adult beginner.

The Question Is, Are YOU Ready?

Get your free copy today...

And get the paperback delivered to your doorstep

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As I mentioned before, this book is free.

I'll pay for the book and all I ask is that you help me cover the shipping and handling cost and we'll send it anywhere in the world!

If you would prefer to watch the video course, I also have it for sale for a small fee once you put your details in below...

Everything in the book is organized from the Ground up

The book is organized in a simple and easy-to-follow manner and the game-changing lessons are laid out in three specific ways:

  • Part I - The fundamentals of fingerpicking: The little-known secrets to fixing your bad habits quickly, playing with smooth technique, and building a rock-solid fingerpicking foundation...for good.
  • Part II - Play 10 beautiful fingerpicking patterns: Play like the legends of guitar while jamming a variety of fun examples. We start off slowly and you can use the lessons at your own pace...with optional ways to "simplify" them further.
  • Part III - How to develop for the long-term: You'll get my best tips on how to learn faster, jam with confidence, erase mistakes quickly, and improve your ability to remember what you learn... almost guaranteeing you make regular and consistent daily progress.
Fingerstyle 101 is specifically for those who are 50+, new to fingerpicking or have struggled in the past

Caution: Fingerstyle 101 is NOT for advanced players or those who want a "quick fix".

  • If you can play loads of songs and are 100% comfortable with fingerpicking, you may learn a few tricks, but this book is probably not for you.
  • If you want to play like Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel, or James Taylor overnight, this is not possible. We all know this deep down, but many "tutors" will try to teach you quick "hacks", which never really work...So let's be clear, it takes practice to get good at the guitar.

On the flip side, if you are willing to invest a little time and you want an enjoyable and easy-to-follow guide you can use at your own pace, then this is for you.

Improve your brain health, your happiness, And reap the endless benefits of playing guitar 

We all know that playing an instrument is great for our social lives, happiness, and physical health...but did you know playing an instrument is also great for the brain?

In fact, a BBC study on identical twins proved that creativity can reduce your brain age by 6 years in just one month*.

Inside these pages, you'll learn how to "unlock" your creative side so you too can enjoy these big benefits...

Build Confidence in Yourself...
Not Just on the Guitar, But in Life

Learning guitar later on in life is hard, right? Wrong!

Most of my private students worried they were "too old to learn", but those who kept at it have all become confident musicians, and you can too.

The simple advice on page 2 will help you break the belief that you're "too old to learn" once and for all. 

Go At A Pace That Suits You

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the vast number of things to learn?

If so, rest assured everything is clearly laid out and you can use and re-use the lessons as many times as you like and at a pace that suits you.

Impress Yourself AND Your Loved Ones

How cool would it be to spend time creating music with your children or grandkids?

A little jam with a loved one can create lasting, wonderful memories... Just like I have with my own son, Archie. You can have this too with your loved ones. 

A.J. Wyse

A.J. Wyse

Excellent book. Just what I was looking for. Has helped me so much in my quest to teach myself fingerstyle.

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall

Dan has done it again! Exactly what I need to boost my fingerstyle technique and motivation.

S. Denton

S. Denton

A terrific book for anyone interested in this style of playing. It is definitely a positive force in keeping those of us over 50 to keep pluggin away and having fun playing the guitar.

Cecil N.

Cecil Meyer

I bought my first guitar about 6 months ago. I have stubby, arthritic fingers... and I'm having the time of my life. I won't quit because of courses like Dan's. Every day I learn something new. 

Fix your bad habits from the ground up

Did you know good technique is crucial to unlocking your potential on the guitar? 

Many experienced teachers teach it the wrong way. I realized this when I started teaching John. He had tried many tutors and had spent 40 years trying to play the songs of Bob Dylan...

...But he didn't realize that it was just a few simple technical tweaks that were holding him back. Once we made those tweaks, he was finally able to play the songs he loved with a huge smile on his face.

See this photo...

There are 4 big errors this man is making, which are:

  • Tensing up his shoulder (this makes it hard to pick fluidly).
  • Fingers moving too far from the strings (a common cause of plucking the wrong strings).
  • Rigid pinkie (makes accurate fretting harder).
  • A crooked thumb (causes discomfort).

Can you spot the 4 specific errors this guitarist is making? If not, you will find the book especially helpful.

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There are actually seven mistakes he is making in total. 

I won't go on about them all here, but you can learn about how to avoid ALL these mistakes and how to fix them quickly inside the Fingerstyle 101 book.

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

If you're curious to hear what you'll be learning in the book, below is a little "medley" of some of the audio tracks taken from inside the book...

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In this simple guide, which is like a sequel to Fingerstyle 101,  you'll discover how to add bass runs, two-finger chords, "legato", double stops, and much more to spice up any fingerpicking song and pattern to give you hours of jamming fun.

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Slow chord changes are the main reason why most people ultimately end up quitting the guitar.

The cause? Poor technique and not enough patience is the main reason... But even if you have both of those in check, speeding up your chord changes can still take time.

That's why I've created this extra training, featuring alternative tips you've probably not come across before that will help you speed up all your chord changes from day 1.

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...And to help answer any questions you may have, I'm adding in an exclusive "Fingerpicker's podcast" I recorded a while back.

In this training, I answered dozens of fingerpicking questions to help students quickly fix their most frustrating issues ASAP.

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Oh, and in case you're wondering...

There is no catch

We all know there are websites promising you "freebies" or a 1-month free trial, but then they secretly stick you into a program that charges your card every month.

This is NOT one of them. 

There's NO hidden "continuity program" or anything like that. Just one simple payment to cover shipping and handling for the book.

...And in case you're wondering why I'm doing this.

Well, there are actually a few reasons...

  • I've taught 120+ students in person who were all struggling at first. Most were learning later on in life. I know how frustrating it was for them trying to figure it out on their own... So I want to help you avoid these pitfalls on your journey.
  • My hope is that you will love this book and then try out my other products, lessons, and coaching further down the line. 
  • It's my way of giving back. Originally, this was going to be a video course costing $197, but I know not everyone has that sort of money, so instead I put those lessons into an easy-to-follow book that EVERYONE can enjoy. I love teaching and want to help as many frustrated or struggling guitar players out there as I can.
It's important you take action today!

Here's why...

We've only printed a few thousand copies of this book, and when they're gone... well, they're gone! 

If this page is still here, then the offer is live. But I reserve the right to pull it down at any time.

You could pay me thousands per year in person to learn these things just like my private students do OR you could begin today for free.

...And with this book, you'll save yourself so much time and money as you will get a proven, step-by-step fingerpicking plan that is full of years of hard-earned lessons...  

If life has got in the way of your playing so far, let's begin today and get you enjoying this wonderful journey.

Here's My Crazy Guarantee...

I 100% guarantee that you'll love this book, or I'll return your $9.95 shipping if you get the paperback and let you keep the book anyway.

That's right. You don't even have to send anything back. Just email me and I'll give you back your money with no questions asked.

Sound fair?

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Once you hit the "YES!" button, this is what will happen...

On the next page, you will simply fill out your details and payment to cover the cost of shipping and handling (which is just $9.95 in the U.S. or $19.95 anywhere else) 

...Then your order will be dispatched today, if before 3 PM EST on a weekday, or first thing tomorrow.

...And then you will get an email with instant access to the bonuses so you can begin right away.

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P.S. In case you do what I do and you scroll to the bottom to get the lowdown, here is what I am offering you today...

A FREE copy of my 5-star rated book Fingerstyle 101 that will give you the exact steps to play beautiful music on your guitar today. This book's RRP is $17.95, but is yours for FREE.

Yes, this book is free. 

All you pay is $9.95 US or $19.95 International to cover shipping and handling.

There is absolutely no catch or gimmick and you will not be signing up to a monthly "trial" program or anything like that. 

This is a one-time payment just to cover the cost of shipping. 

If you don't like, use, or want the book, for any reason, you will get your money refunded with no questions asked (and you do NOT even need to return the book).

I want to say a big thank you for reading, and I wish you all the best with your guitar playing.

What Others Are Saying About Fingerstyle 101

Gibby H.


"I look forward to working through these lessons and I am finally seeing a progression.

Includes the TAB, notes, audio. There's nothing left for him to do other than sit down beside you in person."

— Gibby H.



"Well structured and clear. It 'speaks' to you almost as if Dan is in front of you giving you a lesson. 

Each chapter flows logically into the next. The building blocks soon start to stack up and you get visible results. Can't get enough of this author's books."

— Anne S.

Charles McGrother Jr


"It's deceptively simple, but full of the basics needed to play fingerstyle.
The exercises are entertaining.

Not only that this is definitively making me a better player, but also a better composer and performer.

— Ulric B.

Here are a few reviews from the 1st edition... but the 2nd edition is even better!

Dan Thorpe


I'm Dan Thorpe. 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. I have taught full time since 2013. 

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 playing your guitar, fingerpicking beautiful music, and enjoying the countless health benefits of being a musician.

...All with a big, hearty smile on your face.

Dan Thorpe

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Your Questions Answered?

What exactly am I getting when I order Fingerstyle 101?

You get the Fingerstyle 101 book for FREE.

All I ask is that you cover the cost of shipping and handling.

You're also getting a series of bonuses (worth $289.95) to help you play stunning songs and have fun immediately. Plus, you get free lifetime access to the Fingerstyle 101 Facebook group.

Finally, there is a no-questions-asked 90-day money-back guarantee to put your mind at rest. You don't even need to return the book to get the instant refund.

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

This is like no other book I've come across. You only have to see the countless testimonials on this page to see how this book can transform your playing. 

You will find highly motivating lessons, a focus on REAL technique in detail (which sadly most teachers gloss over), and a solid step-by-step plan for improving your fingerpicking, rhythm, musicality, and more.

The bottom line is the book will give you results so that once you get up and running, you will truly fall in love with playing the guitar.

How does the money-back guarantee work?

Simply try the book, enjoy the bonuses, and if you don't like it, just contact us and we will immediately refund you.

There is NO need to return the book. Honestly, I believe in this so much and know it will be a game changer for you, but if it is not for you for any reason, we will ensure you get a prompt refund.

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?

Yes. I do not promise miracles, but I am vastly experienced at turning frustrated guitarists into real guitar players.

This is a step-by-step book and the bottom line is this...

As long as you practice and do exactly as I teach, you will make progress in every area of your playing... meaning clearer chords, faster chord changes, better tone, fewer mistakes, a stunning repertoire of fingerpicking patterns to play, and the ability to play beautiful songs and music.

It takes practice, of course, but simply follow the instructions and you will see these results. 

Who is this book for?

Although this book is for all guitarists, my steady, step-by-step approach really resonates with those who are aged 50+.

We focus on beautiful fingerpicking music and how to play styles such as 60s folk, classic pop, Travis picking, acoustic rock, and many other wonderful fingerpicking styles.

If you are learning a little later on in life, and want a confidence-building clear and concise method, this is for you.

© 2024 Dan Thorpe Guitar Ltd.

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