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Guitar Domination is a one stop solution for all guitarists out there looking to improve their playing. We teach you the best tips, tricks and techniques ranging from fingerpicking to thrash to funk and everything in between.
2023-11-29 12:53
Let’s talk about achievements – specifically on the guitar. First though, here’s some inspiration from one of my favourite movies. It is the underrated gem The Game, star… Read More
2023-11-26 17:29
Today, I’ve released a new podcast where I’m talking about an unsung hero of the guitar world. …Gratitude The other day was Thanksgiving, so this ties nicely in with tha… Read More
2023-11-24 12:50
Today is, of course, Black Friday. It seems like the whole world and their pet hamster are trying to sell you something. In the guitar world, this might mean micro-amps, guitar pedals&hellip&hell…Read More
2023-11-23 19:59
Here’s some proof that sometimes songs can be a joy to learn… And easier than you think… At least according to Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy student, Art, who got the Chris… Read More
2023-11-23 11:46
The other day I talked briefly about how much I love the playing of Jimi Hendrix. Why was he so special? Well, there are many reasons. For me, one reason is that a lot of his peers would p… Read More
2023-11-22 15:37
One of my most treasured parenting memories was Archie’s 6th birthday. His birthday is a few weeks before Christmas (he will be 8 this year). On his 6th birthday, we all went out for… Read More
2023-11-21 15:39
Christmas Eve: 1914 The brutality of World War I is reaching new heights. Pope Benedict XV had called for a ceasefire asking: “That the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the… Read More
2023-11-18 00:49
Playing and learning guitar is wonderful, but it can sometimes be a little frustrating. One reason why is that it’s not always obvious to the naked eye that you are making progress… Read More
2023-11-08 15:13
Just a quick one today. Do you have any questions about learning the fretboard? I ask because I’ve just recorded a new episode of the Acoustic Asylum podcast… …And I&rs&hell…Read More
2023-11-06 18:32
Today I thought I’d share something a little different. If you’ve been following it, you may know we are now on Epsiode 31 of the Acoustic Asylum podcast. Wow, these 31 episodes… Read More
2023-11-02 22:49
Music theory: It’s essential. It’s misunderstood. And it can be a pain in the rear to learn. …But it doesn’t have to be. Many people who teach music theory make th… Read More
2023-11-01 17:36
One of my most influential guitarists is the one and only, “Mr Guitar”… …The great, Chet Atkins. When I started out on the electric all those years ago, I was lea… Read More
2023-10-31 20:50
Here’s a question… What do Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, a dobro, Eagles of Death Metal, and Joni Mitchell all have in common? Send your answers on a postcard. …Kidding… Read More
2023-10-28 07:37
Rhythm is the bread and butter of all music. For instance… With poor rhythm… An orchestra would turn from majestic to messy in the swipe of a conductor’s baton. Imagine… Read More
2023-10-27 17:56
Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy… This week’s tip is a simple one, but it’s essential. It’s all about… Getting clear about your goals… Read More
2023-10-24 14:13
I often say music is like the soundtrack of our lives. It’s like a time machine for our ears. …And that is the topic of the Acoustic Asylum podcast today. I had fun recording… Read More
2023-10-22 10:51
I heard a song on the radio the other day. It was by a band called Barenaked Ladies and the song was called “One Week”. Back when I was a kid, I’d hear this song on the rad… Read More
2023-10-15 14:35
How often do you spend time on the fundamentals of playing guitar? Some people are great at doing this. Others don’t do enough of it. …But one important thing to remember is t… Read More
2023-10-15 12:08
I was reading an interview in The Guardian the other day with Keith Richards. He was talking about his recent struggles with arthritis. Promoting the band’s first studio album in 18 ye… Read More
2023-10-10 16:37
Today I want to share some advice on one key thing which is… Why I encourage you to jam with other musicians when you can.   Not only will jamming with others help you become a m… Read More
2023-10-08 08:38
Today, I want to share six typical beginner bad habits with you. I struggled with these myself and they are habits I see a lot of people struggle with too. Some may be obvious to you, but so… Read More
2023-10-03 13:31
New Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy member, Sean Richards, checks in with this comment: “I have got to admit that my ability to practice without pain has multiplied in time many times ove… Read More
2023-10-01 08:14
One thing I realised many years ago is that treating all students the same is futile. I’d get a lot of new students coming through my door who wanted a personal approach to lessons… Read More
2023-09-26 14:18
Some people wonder why learning music theory is so useful. It’s a good question to ponder for sure. I do not believe anyone should learn anything for the sake of it. Many people teac… Read More
2023-09-23 07:52
The other day I talked about a little glitch in my emails that went out. I was talking about how the little things do make a big difference. …But today I want to flip that on its head… Read More
A Day In The Life Of A Guitarist
2023-09-16 08:08
Learning, playing, and improving your guitar skills can certainly be an ‘up and down’ experience. Some days you may feel on top of the world and other days like you’ve got… Read More
2023-09-15 16:21
Let’s indulge in a little tale today…. One that weaves its threads through the world of barre chords. It’s a story that stems from the dark heart of the Gatekeeper. Who… Read More
2023-09-12 18:36
“Lacking rhythm” is one of the most frustrating things a lot of guitarists struggle with… Yet, good rhythm skills are crucial for absolutely everything you play. I truly… Read More
A Day In The Life Of A Beginner Guitarist
2023-09-12 07:45
A day in the life of a beginner guitarist looks much like this. There are ups there are downs, there are doubts and challenges, but the key is persistence. By sticking with it, you will see… Read More
2023-09-10 08:00
In yesterday’s email, I talked about the ‘head’ and memory, but today I want to talk about the ‘heart’. One of my all-time favourite quotes about guitar playing… Read More
2023-08-31 12:20
Today I want to talk about blues guitar. …And give you 11 tips for helping you to either get started playing the blues OR play better blues lead guitar. …Plus, I’ll expla… Read More
2023-08-30 14:56
Lately, I’ve been talking about fingerstyle, but in the next couple of emails… I’ll be talking about other subjects such as strumming, the blues, and picking-hand “a… Read More
The Secret Sauce Behind My New Course
2023-08-27 08:22
Lately, I’ve been talking about my No Chord Fingerstyle course. …And how it can teach you how to play beautiful songs WITHOUT the need for any tricky chords or painstaking chor… Read More
The Final Reminder
2023-08-26 15:20
Today I’ve just released the new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy lessons. In a few hours (at midnight Pacific time), the cart will close, so this is the last chance to join for a while an… Read More
Hamburger Vs. Steak
2023-08-26 14:58
I had an interesting email the other day from Stu, who is a Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy member. He was asking about which other courses he should purchase to go alongside his membership… Read More
How Songs Can Change Lives
2023-08-26 07:18
A few years ago, I sat down and watched the Elton John, biopic, Rocketman. I love a good rock star movie. I know Elton is a pianist, but I’ve always found we should always learn fro… Read More
A Super Quick 5-Question Ear Training Test
2023-08-22 11:18
Lately, Archie and I have been playing around with an app called Duolingo. This is a great app for learning a new language (which is something I’m keen to do). Well, that app does som… Read More
The Theatre Of Your Mind
2023-08-17 07:36
One of the most frustrating things about learning guitar is not the learning… …but it’s the forgetting! Over the years, I have thought deeply about why some of my stud… Read More

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