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If learning guitar leaves you feeling mad, frustrated, or like you want to tear your hair out, this podcast is for you.

Dan Thorpe specialises in teaching beginner guitar lessons to older adults. If you want to discover Dan’s methods for the best way to learn guitar, to play easy guitar songs while having more fun, and to do so without feeling like you have a one-way ticket to the Acoustic Asylum, then listen closely and...

Join us as Dan shares the best tips, tricks, and motivating stories from his 10,000+ hours of teaching beginner guitar songs and techniques...

All of which will help you on your guitar-playing journey immediately.

Get two free and exclusive eBooks and more unique lessons from fingerstyle101.com/free

The Acoustic Asylum Dan Thorpe

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If learning guitar leaves you feeling mad, frustrated, or like you want to tear your hair out, this podcast is for you.

Dan Thorpe specialises in teaching beginner guitar lessons to older adults. If you want to discover Dan’s methods for the best way to learn guitar, to play easy guitar songs while having more fun, and to do so without feeling like you have a one-way ticket to the Acoustic Asylum, then listen closely and...

Join us as Dan shares the best tips, tricks, and motivating stories from his 10,000+ hours of teaching beginner guitar songs and techniques...

All of which will help you on your guitar-playing journey immediately.

Get two free and exclusive eBooks and more unique lessons from fingerstyle101.com/free

    Ep71 – The Wildly Varying Sounds of the Blues

    Ep71 – The Wildly Varying Sounds of the Blues

    I quickly realised when I started teaching guitar that not many students would ask me to teach them to play the blues… but pretty much all of them would LOVE it when I would introduce them to blues guitar – especially the sounds of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (and the first blues song I ever loved, which was by Led Zeppelin).
     
    In this episode, I’m playing a whole variety of blues styles and sounds for you, from a B.B. King minor blues to an Eric Clapton-style shuffle, and more.
     
    There’s so much you can do with the blues and if you want to learn it, then in the new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy lessons coming on July 1st, you will learn a stunning blues piece. You can find out more about the Academy here - https://fingerstyle101.com/academy/
     
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    Ep70 – A Four-Step System to Skyrocket Your Motivation

    Ep70 – A Four-Step System to Skyrocket Your Motivation

    One of the most important things you can do on the guitar is to get absolute clarity on what it is you want to achieve.
     
    Well, in this episode I’m going over a four-step system to help you make massive progress on the guitar.
     
    These have been inspired by author Brian Tracy and adapted as well as simplified for you to use right away. It’s powerful stuff and I highly recommend you apply this today!
     
    For more help from me, you’ll be pleased to know the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy is now open for enrolment. One of the big perks of membership is that the “5-Star” Award inside the Academy and my coaching will both help you make big progress and get clarity with your guitar playing. You can find out more about it here - https://fingerstyle101.com/academy/
     
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    • 14 min
    Ep69 – Why You Should Master the Ins and Outs of The C Chord (And Its Lovely Variations)

    Ep69 – Why You Should Master the Ins and Outs of The C Chord (And Its Lovely Variations)

    One piece of advice I like to share with students is this… beware of learning too many chords.
     
    Instead of using those old chord books that are full of 10,000s of guitar chords, you can get a lot more mileage instead from playing just one chord such as C Major… And then learning all the variations of this chord.
     
    This is fun and a lot of the time you only need to add or remove a finger to get lots of different flavours from a chord!
     
    If you enjoyed this, don’t forget you can get my two exclusive and free eBooks today... Includes the Guitar Doctor (which will help you fix 35 terrible habits) and The Super Mini Songbook (teaching you stunning songs in unique ways). Get them both for free at -https://fingerstyle101.com/free/
     
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    Ep68 – The Instant Secret to More Interesting Rhythm

    Ep68 – The Instant Secret to More Interesting Rhythm

    Most people play guitar with a very mechanical straight feel.
     
    Well, today I want to tell you why that isn’t always the best thing to do.
     
    In fact, if you want to add instant excitement to your music and play with more life, soul, and vibrancy, then the little tips I’m sharing in this episode will help you right away!
     
    If you enjoyed this, don’t forget you can get my two exclusive and free eBooks today... Includes The Guitar Doctor (which will help you fix 35 terrible habits) and The Super Mini Songbook (teaching you stunning songs in unique ways). Get them both for free at -https://fingerstyle101.com/free/
     
    Like this episode? Your reviews for this podcast mean the world to me, so please let us know what you thought about the Acoustic Asylum!

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    Ep67 – My Embarrassing Bad Rhythm Skills (And How I Quickly Fixed Them)

    Ep67 – My Embarrassing Bad Rhythm Skills (And How I Quickly Fixed Them)

    Back when I was learning guitar, I had no rhythm.
     
    I wasn’t born with no rhythm, I just hadn’t developed my rhythm skills. This meant when I played guitar, I was all over the place. It also meant that I had a few slightly embarrassing moments.
     
    In this episode, I’m sharing with you a key story that helped awaken me to my bad rhythm, and exactly what I did to fix it. These simple little tips will help you too, so listen today and apply these tips for better rhythm!
     
    If you enjoyed this, don’t forget you can get my two exclusive and free eBooks today... Includes The Guitar Doctor (which will help you fix 35 terrible habits) and The Super Mini Songbook (teaching you stunning songs in unique ways). Get them both for free at -https://fingerstyle101.com/free/
     
    Like this episode? Your reviews for this podcast mean the world to me, so please let us know what you thought about the Acoustic Asylum!

    • 8 min
    Ep66 – How to Beat the “I Don’t Have Enough Time to Practise” Issue

    Ep66 – How to Beat the “I Don’t Have Enough Time to Practise” Issue

    One of the biggest problems a lot of people say is that they simply “do not have enough time to practise” their guitar playing.
     
    While that is true for some extremely busy folk, we often all have a few pockets of time where we can pick up the guitar and play something…
     
    …So in this episode, I’m going to give you some key tips on making more time to practise, why motivation is possibly more important than time, and the silly game on my phone that once threatened to ruin my practice time (but what I did to beat that).
     
    If you enjoyed this, don’t forget you can get my two exclusive and free eBooks today... Includes The Guitar Doctor (which will help you fix 35 terrible habits) and The Super Mini Songbook (teaching you stunning songs in unique ways). Get them both for free at -https://fingerstyle101.com/free/
     
    Like this episode? Your reviews for this podcast mean the world to me, so please let us know what you thought about the Acoustic Asylum!

    • 11 min

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