Your No Chord Fingerstyle lesson on how to play "Amazing Grace" is being sent to your inbox right now. It should arrive within 5 minutes.

Before you go to your inbox, I want to talk to you about something important...

Did you know when it comes to learning how to play beautiful songs on your guitar...

There's one thing you need more than anything else?

And it's the one thing that most guitarists are rarely taught.

In fact, I've found...

Most guitar teachers aren't even aware of this problem

...And in my 11+ years of teaching 1000s of students around the world, I've never come across more than one or two YouTube tutorials that even mention it.

Because of that most guitarists have NO IDEA that this one single thing can be the reason their guitar playing succeeds…or fails.

Sound dramatic? Well, it is but there’s a reason for that.

Simply because if you get this right...

You can have the ability to play real songs on the guitar to a beautiful standard for the rest of your life.

I don't just mean Amazing Grace but...

EVERY song you learn will sound far more musical and vibrant

...Even if you suffer from sore fingers, have small hands, poor dexterity, or arthritis.

Get it wrong and you’ll likely be fighting an uphill battle for the entirety of your playing.

Let me ask... How good would it feel to have your fingers flow like water.

...And be able to move around the fretboard with ease?

You can have all this... even if you've struggled on the guitar for years or decades and I'll show you how.

So what is this specific thing?

Well, I'll explain it all below and how it will work for you...

...And Why It Might Just Be The

"Missing Link" In Your Guitar Playing...

Attention: Fingerpicking guitarists over 40... 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

  • 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
  • Unlock the simple steps on how to play without pain or sore fingers so you can increase your motivation and musicality to play beautiful music YOU truly 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 specialise in teaching adults who are 50+

...And just like them, you probably only want to play guitar for your own enjoyment.

I know that you probably want to relax and unwind – and not to be a "star".

But I must say this hard truth...

There is a big problem in the world of guitar playing

The truth is most beginner guitarists in 2024 are struggling.

You may wonder why is it that...

All the countless hours and money you spent trawling YouTube or buying courses...

Don't actually help you play the beautiful music and songs you love?

You may practise as quietly as a mouse if you worry others will hear you play.

...And the knots in your stomach may be getting tighter if your progress feels like it is going backwards.

Well, the real reason most guitars end up gathering dust in the attic is simply because...

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99% of guitar tuition is sadly too random with...
No Focus on Proper Technique

...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 in 2024 to end the "randomness" and rid them of their guitar-playing frustrations for good!

Think of the "T.E.S.T. Method" as your guide through the wilderness of guitar playing...

Leading you to newfound musical destinations where confidence thrives and frustration fades. 

...And for the days of trying to figure out the guitar-playing puzzle to be a distant memory.

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It's the reason why 9/10 of the students I have ever taught are happy, confident  and successful guitarists...

They all started with this simple plan, and now I want to share it with you...

 Fingerstyle 101
(the 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 pristine technique and high levels of 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, especially if you suffer from arthritis or are concerned about it (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 gruelling practice is NOT the answer, and the "3-Step Method" to speeding them up (page 29).
  • The secret to developing timing like a "Pro Drummer"... without endless metronome practice but instead using the simple Rhythm 101 exercise, which 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 rarely talked about "Pro Secret" technique called the "Cup" (page 13).
  • How the "Fingerpicking Tone Test" can help transform your sound 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 the 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 stunning "Cascading", "Travis", and "Romanza" patterns to play in a variety of styles, time signatures, and genres, ensuring you have a strong repertoire of fingerpicking styles to use at will and with ease.
  • Plus... How to combine chords and melody like a pro (page 103), a weird secret to making your music "flow" (page 19), and a simple guide on how to read TAB (page 120).
  • ...And if you want a simple daily routine to stop you from random lessons and scrolling on YouTube for good... this easy-to-follow 10-step plan (page 97) will be your roadmap.

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

...And each musical 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.

All so you can have a lifetime 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 copy of Fingerstyle 101 today...

Either get the paperback delivered to your doorstep or begin with the PDF today

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I've made this book as inexpensive as possible. 

I want to get it in the hands of as many fingerpicking guitarists as possible.

...And if you would love to learn to fingerpick, it will be perfect for you too. 

Today, you can get the paperback version at a low cost (with free delivery within the US)...

Or the digital PDF of the book for as little as $1.

Click below to find out more...

Everything in the book is organized from the Ground up

The book is organised in a simple and easy-to-follow manner.

...And the game-changing lessons are laid out in three specific parts:

  • Part I - The fundamentals of fingerpicking: The little-known secrets to fixing your bad habits quickly, playing with smooth technique, and quickly 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 more confidence, erase mistakes quickly, and improve your ability to remember what you almost guarantee you make regular and consistent daily progress.
Fingerstyle 101 is specifically for those who are 40+, new to fingerpicking or have struggled in the past

Caution: Fingerstyle 101 is NOT for advanced players.

And it is not for people who want a "quick fix".

  • If you can already play dozens 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 Tayor 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 in 2024...

...And you want an enjoyable and easy-to-follow guide you can use at your own pace...

Then Fingerstyle 101 is for you.

Improve your brain health And reap the benefits of playing guitar 

There are huge health benefits to playing an instrument.

It is great for our social lives, happiness, and physical health...

But did you know...

Playing an instrument is great for the brain?

In fact, a few years ago there was a fascinating study done by the BBC*.

The study proved how being creative can reduce your brain age by 6 years.

...In just one month.

Inside Fingerstyle 101, you'll discover how to "unlock" your creative side like this with my laid-back approach to learning that you can use at your own pace.

So you too can enjoy these game-changing health and happiness benefits...

...And improve your life.

Build confidence in yourself...
Not just on the guitar, but in life too

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. 

Learn at A speed That Suits You

Ever feel overwhelmed by the vast number of things to learn?

If so, remember, everything is clearly laid out.

You can use and re-use the lessons as many times as you like.

...And you can (and should) learn at a pace that suits you.

Impress Yourself AND Your Loved Ones

I love to make music with my wonderful son, Archie. 

And let me ask, 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...

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 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 struggle with their students because they teach technique the wrong way.

I realised 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 realise that it was just a few simple technical tweaks needed to CHANGE everything.  

Once we made those simple 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 move too far from the strings (a cause of plucking the wrong strings).
  • Rigid pinkie (makes accurate fretting harder).
  • A crooked thumb (can cause major 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 Fingerstyle 101.

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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  • Fixing Your "Core Fundamental Technique" such as proper posture, the right way to hold the guitar, smooth finger independence, the secrets to sounding more musical...
  • How to Break Your Bad Habits such as plucking the wrong strings, the "Death Grip", slow chord changes, buzzing chords, and...
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Use these bite-size lessons to unlock the essentials as if you're a student in my studio. It works for beginners, novices, and intermediates who are "stuck". Build good habits from Day 1.

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Did you know that the "flavour" from most chords comes from just two notes?

Well, in this bonus you'll find out how to play easy two-finger chords up and down the fretboard to create beautiful music.

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The cause? Poor technique and bad habits are the main reason... But even if you have both of those sorted, speeding up your chord changes can still take time.

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When You get your copy of Fingerstyle 101, you will also get my video tutorials for three of the most stunning beginner friendly songs I've ever taught...

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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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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.

You will just make one simple payment today.

I've kept the price for this as low as I can and in case you're wondering why, well, there are actually three 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...

I only get 1000 copies of this book printed at one time. 

And when they're gone... well, they're gone! I will, of course, get more copies printed, and...

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.

...And with this in-depth course...

You'll save yourself so much time and money.

You will get a proven, step-by-step fingerpicking plan that is full of years of hard-earned lessons that work better than ever in 2024...  

If life has got in the way of your playing so far...

Then let's begin today and get you enjoying this wonderful journey.

Here's My Guarantee...

I 100% guarantee that you'll love this book... or I'll return your money.

Just email me and I'll give you back your money with no questions asked.

Sound fair?

And if you're ready to begin, click the link below right now for which version you would like to order - the paperback or the PDF.

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If you order before 3 PM EST on a weekday, we will ship it out today.

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And if you order the "Deluxe" Version, we will ship out your book via FedEx. You will get instant access to the video version, PDF, and stunning extras.

...Whichever version you order, you will get instant access to the $286.95 worth of bonuses RIGHT NOW.

This Is Truly A Limited Offer, So Claim Your Copy of Fingerstyle 101 Now Before They're All Gone...

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 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 $14.95, but the lessons inside are invaluable for all guitarists. 

Especially those who fingerpick or would love to learn.

You can either get the paperback or PDF (or the 'Deluxe' version).

There is absolutely no catch or gimmick.

...And you will NOT be signing up for a monthly "trial" program or anything like that. 

This is a one-time payment.

If you don't like, use, or want the book, for any reason, you will get your money refunded with no questions asked.

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.

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 to choose if you want the paperback or PDF version of the game-changing Fingerstyle 101 book.

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 refund you.

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.

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

Our website is as secure as can be. You can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card and we use ThriveCart to process the orders.

This is an established payment processor used around the world to process millions of dollars of payments so you can rest assured your private details are safe.

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?


I do not promise miracles (I will leave that to others), 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 practise 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. 

How long will it take to see results?

The lessons will help you get results and start building up good habits immediately.

In fact, the very first tip will help you instantly end the "Death Grip", meaning your fingers will be less sore right away.

In terms of big results, I ask students to practise these methods for 20 minutes per day, 5-7 days per week.

If you do that, within 14 days you'll see a noticeable difference in all your playing, and over the coming 2-3 months, you'll feel like a new guitarist.

Remember, though, you have to use the lessons to make the progress you desire. 

Who is this course for?

Although this book is for all guitarists, my steady, step-by-step approach really resonates with those who are aged 40+.

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.

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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.