Real Guitar Success Academy
Playing guitar has brought incredible joy and connection with others into my life. It's my mission to share this gift... and helping YOU uncover the talent that's locked inside you is part of that mission. I created the Real Guitar Success after 40+ years of teaching thousands of students. It's my affordable solution to cut through the noise and help you really play guitar.
Here’s What To Expect When You Sign Up
When you enroll we’ll ask you a few questions. Then we’ll recommend a plan to get started based on your previous experience and interests.
Now the adventure begins. You’ll have immediate access to hundreds of lessons. This includes the Secret Weapons, the Daily Practice Sessions, and the Community. You'll also have the library of step-by-step Skill Courses (Real Guitar U), dozens of workbooks and shorter Quick Win lessons.
With your plan in hand you'll navigate your way to guitar playing awesomeness. You'll also have a way to get help when you need it along the way.
Feel At Ease Right From The Beginning
With the Beginner’s Journey skate step-by-step through everything you need to get started playing guitar. This methodical course gives you the freedom to brush up on what you've already learned and advance with an organized path.
Clear Progress & Direction
Keep track of your progress and avoid feeling overwhelmed by always knowing what you should be focusing on. Progressive lessons will build on each success.
Learn Real Skills While Having Fun
Learn the skills you need to reach your guitar playing goals. Not only will you gain the technical ability to play better but you'll develop a solid foundation to build on… and HAVE FUN doing it!
Help When You Need It
Get answers to your questions. With help you’ll learn all the little stuff that'll help put this puzzle together. Stop wondering what to learn next. Move in a clear direction instead of learning random disconnected chords, techniques, or songs.
Here’s what people are saying...
currently in China
I was a hit!
"I'm a 52 year old British teacher, teaching English in China. Last week I was able to play a song for the first time to my students. I was a hit! I could not have done it without your great teaching. I still think you are the best guitar teacher out there and I have learnt so much from your online lessons."
Learned more in the past month than I did in several years of trying to teach myself.
"My playing has improved dramatically since I began his online program. I’ve learned a better way to approach learning the guitar. I love the easy-to-follow videos and that Tomas is always available to answer questions. I've learned more in the past month than I did in several years of trying to teach myself."
St. Helena, CA
I like your presentations, techniques, and patience...
"I have taken private lessons, college guitar classes, and many online short courses. Many of the teachers were great guitarist, but I have found that you have been the best teacher. I like your presentations, techniques, and patience that you emit in your lessons."
Powerful Secret Weapons That'll Give You An Edge
As a member you'll get immediate access to these 3 unique Secret Weapons (well, not all that secret). Studies show that there are two types of learning that are crucial. Step-by-step learning (Linear) and immersion learning (Flexible). Both have benefits depending on your level and personality. These Secret Weapons enable you to take advantage of both types of learning. They'll give you the edge you need to break through roadblocks and keep moving forward. Why settle for less?
Secret Weapon #1: The Beginner's Journey
New to guitar? I’ve got you covered. In this step-by-step journey, I’ll take you by the hand from newbie to guitar playing nirvana. As you travel through five action-packed “Journeys” you’ll gather critical fundamental skills including, chords, strumming, changing chords, reading guitar tab, practical theory and more.
Each adventure includes a series of songs and play-along tracks to give you a chance to apply your newfound skills.
The Beginner’s Journey is also great for those who could use an organized review!
Secret Weapon #2: Daily Practice Sessions
The Daily Practice Sessions are a system for growing your guitar playing skills in short daily sessions. My unique Daily Practice System will guide you through all the essential skills you need to play guitar and grow in confidence... while having fun!. Check off each session to be entered in the monthly drawing. Brand new sessions every weekday!
Secret Weapon #3: Real Guitar University
A library of extensive courses provides training and practical advice on every aspect of playing guitar.
Real Guitar U is a treasure chest of lessons in all aspects of playing guitar including Course Modules, Quick Wins, Live Training and much more...
Barre Chords for Everyone
Play barre chords like you never thought possible!
I'll take you step-by-step along an adventure that will change the way you think of learning guitar. Not only will you end the age-old struggle with barre chords once and for all, but you'll learn a blueprint that you can apply to learning new challenges in the future.
Step-By-Step... strengthen your fingers... break down the movements... strategically put them together... visualize success.
Breaking the "Barre Chord Barrier" has never been so much fun!
In this step-by-step course you’ll learn...
1) How to change chords in time from one to another
2) How to strum smoothly without speeding up or slowing down
You’ll also learn nine useful strumming patterns for acoustic guitar… starting from the most basic to some pretty cool ones. In the process you’ll gain the tools and techniques to make up your own patterns as well as play most any pattern that you see someone else doing.
Some of the most beautiful music on the guitar would be classified as fingerstyle guitar. Even simple chords sound great with a relaxed fingerpicking pattern played smoothly. Unfortunately, most people who learn on their own make one big mistake that locks them out from playing smooth fingerstyle patterns... often forever.
In Fingerstyle Adventures you learn the secret to smooth fingerstyle patterns that elude most self-taught guitar players. We'll use a series of easy exercises to make the foundation technique second nature.
About The Instructor
Tomas has always had a passion for helping people learn and grow. When his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar he developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982. Since then he’s helped thousands of students learn guitar.
He is the owner of Starland School of Music in the San Francisco Bay Area and RealGuitarSuccess.com. When he’s not filming guitar instruction videos he’s often composing music. As a recording artist he’s recorded seven CDs of Contemporary Instrumental Music. This includes the latest top ten charting “Beauty and Fire”
For relaxation he enjoys riding his bike along the San Francisco Bay with his dog Marco Polo.
Here’s what people are saying about the course instructor
...taught me to trust my learning capabilities again.
"After 6 months of practice and weekly lessons I experienced many of the classical pitfalls. I was becoming discouraged and didn’t notice much improvement. Then I found Tomas Michaud.
He turned my thinking around through his well thought out advice, learning systems and techniques. I will be forever grateful for such professional and easy-to-follow lessons. He has taught me to trust my learning capabilities again.
I can see clearly now the fog has gone! It's so much easier when you are taught how to study the guitar in a methodical and achievable way."
I look forward every day to come home and pick up my guitar to play...
"You truly are a wonderful teacher. You make the lessons enjoyable, clear and easy to follow even for a beginner like me. I look forward every day to come home and pick up my guitar to play along with your videos.
My goal is to someday play flamenco style guitar such as you play. You are my mentor. I love your CD's. Thank you so very much for sharing your expertise."
Dr. Jimmy Graham
Your teaching method and enthusiasm are contagious!
"Your commitment to teaching is amazing. I appreciate your instruction so much. It encourages me to keep trying when I hit a brick wall!
You are such a blessing to us struggling guitar guys. Your teaching method and enthusiasm are contagious!
Easy Start Guitar Success Plan
1. Sign up for Real Guitar Success
2. Watch the course videos and practice for 10 minutes a day.
3. Become the talented guitarist you've always wanted to be!
START YOUR 14 FREE TRIAL TODAY
Cancel any time
Billed $197 annually.
That's 4 months free versus monthly billing.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30-Days
"I'm so confident that you’ll find the Real Guitar Success an incredible value that you have 60 days to change your mind. I won’t make you beg or invoke any silly rules or conditions."
Don’t wait! Look at what past students have to say...
You really have your heart in this and it shows.
“I was trying to use YouTube but it lacked structure. Then I found your lessons. They are well thought out and you walk us through our challenges. It's all the little stuff that puts the puzzle together.
You really have your heart in this and it shows. You do an excellent job of meeting our requests and anticipating our needs as students.”
Limpopo Province, South Africa
... you walk me through my challenges.
"I am having a lot of fun learning through your videos. You explain it so well that it’s easy to understand. I can always go back to earlier lessons when I forget something. The challenges for me have been chord changes and strumming. But now I get it. Your lessons are well thought out and you walk me through my challenges."
You are a great, caring teacher...
"Just a quick note to say how great I think your training is. You are a great, caring teacher and I really appreciate what you have put together here."
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’m new to guitar?
Perfect! – Real Guitar Success includes a lesson program named Beginner’s Journey. It's a unique roadmap to guide you through everything you need. You’ll know exactly where to start and how to proceed... step-by-step.
In fact, now is a perfect time to join Real Guitar Success because you’ll learn the correct habits from the very beginning and avoid problems later. You’ll also be able to get the support and advice you need to help you through your journey.
I’ve been playing but I’m feeling stuck. Can Real Guitar Success help?
One of the unique secret weapons of RGS is the Monthly Practice Sessions. These will keep you moving forward and help you break out of any guitar rut. You’ll receive a brand-new session every week day. When you spend 10 minutes on each of the sessions we'll enter you into a monthly drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.
The real prize is the skill you'll develop on guitar and the feeling of accomplishment.
Can I get one-on-one help?
One of the things that separates Real Guitar Success from many online courses is the caring support.
“A lot of guitar teachers online are really engaged with the skills and the guitar, but they're sort of focused on their guitar, whereas Tomas is focused on you, and helping you learn.” - Tom and Sherri
You can ask questions and get feedback, support and advice on every lesson. Monthly we stream a live training which includes a Q & A session. You can submit your questions ahead of time or ask them live.
You can request feedback from Tomas, and even submit a video of your playing to get advice or suggestions.
Is the content available right away or is it time-released?
You can get access to hundreds of lessons inside Real Guitar Success right away! This includes the Beginner’s Journey and a treasure chest of Skill Module courses. No waiting for content to be released. Jump in and start making use of the training now.
Also, each month you receive a new series of Practice Sessions. These are released each day throughout the month. You’ll have access to the Practice Sessions for the current month immediately.
How is the course delivered? Will I receive DVDs in the mail?
Real Guitar Success is entirely online. You can watch the lessons on your desktop computer, tablet or phone. For most people streaming the lessons over the Internet is the best option. If you have a slow Internet connection you can also download the videos.
What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?
I’d love it if all our members stuck around forever. I’ve worked with students long enough to know that that’s never going to happen! So, if you do decide to cancel... I’ll be very sad, but if your intent on leaving then you’ll be able to do so with two clicks of a mouse.
Also, I recognize that sometimes you may not want to leave, but the timing isn’t right for you. Something has come up in your personal life. Or you can’t justify paying for something that you know you’ll not be able to use for a few months.
You’ll actually have the option to pause your membership for as long as you need to. You don’t need to contact us to do it either – you click a link in your account area and put your membership on hold. Then when you’re ready to return, come back and resume payment to get going again. Simple!
START YOUR 14 FREE TRIAL TODAY
Cancel any time
Billed $197 annually.
That's 4 months free versus monthly billing.
a personal note...
You deserve more than someone to show you where to put your fingers. I’ll be your guitar coach. Along with teaching you the skills and understanding you need, I’ll help you overcome the roadblocks that hold you back.
I believe in you. If you’re willing, I'll help you make playing guitar a joyful part of your life.