Here is the most common question I get from new members…
“Where do I begin?”
It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the content here but the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy (DTAA) has, what I believe to be, everything you will ever need as an acoustic guitarist – the best songs, technique tutorials, fun stuff, coaching and support, and more.
10% of the materials is enough for most. It is all about choosing the right 10% for you.
The following is what I recommend as a starting point for everyone.
It is broken up into three parts…
1) Take The In Focus Essential Course to fix and improve any fundamental issues in your playing
Honestly, for most of you, one of the most important things in the EGIC, is the Essentials In Focus course. I have ordered it top to bottom in terms of importance.
This section is what will fix the issues that 99% of guitarists really struggle with such as chord changes, sore fingers, poor rhythm, aural skills, blues playing, specialist skills such as Travis picking, etc.
2) Song playlists
Nearly everyone loves learning songs. In the EGIC, we have fingerpicking, strumming songs and riffs.
Learn one song at a time – do NOT learn too many or you may get overwhelmed. Listen to the songs first, watch the intro playthroughs to see what inspires you the most.
The songs are ordered in levels of difficulty – start with a simple one if in doubt.
3) The community and support network
One of the best things you can do for your guitar playing is to have a support network where others who are more experienced or have a similar level to you, can help you when stuck. Likewise, you can help others too. I wished I had this when learning.
- Mini-forum – If the question is relevant to the lesson ask on that page, for all other questions, post in the mini-forum.
- Priority email support – email me at email@example.com (put 999 in the subject so I know you are a member) and I will answer your question and help you ASAP.
- Leave a comment. On every page, you can ask any questions you have to get help with that specific subject.
4) The Fun stuff
Guitar playing needs to be fun. Learning things that do not take long and learning things in a variety of fun ways is crucial to your success and science has proven this over many years.
Below are a few pages that are interesting and worth having a look around for fun and interest.
- Supercharger Lessons (intermediate lessons for once you have completed the essentials course)
- Newsletter – 50 of my newsletter to help you learn from others questions.
- Some of my favourite videos
- Members Area – for more about membership, referring others, cancellations and more.
DO NOT try to take on much more unless you feel ready and have the time. It is far better to do a little and to do it well than to do too much, badly.
Write down what you are learning – keep a notebook next to your guitar so you keep focused and on track. I hope that helps, let me know how you get on or if you want more help/advice.