Real Guitar Adventure for Grownups

How to Play Guitar for Grownups Lesson #1

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How to Play Guitar – Welcome to Beginner Guitar for Grownups.


I'm Tomas Michaud. I'll be your guide throughout this journey.  My goal is to not only teach you some of the basics of how to play guitar, but to set you up on a path to playing the guitar with confidence, with ease… and enjoy the process.


Learning a new skill can be daunting. I've spent years and years studying the best way to learn guitar… especially for grownups… so I can help people like you make massive progress with the least amount of struggle.


So What Makes Grownups Different?


As the owner and director of one of the largest music learning centers in the SF Bay Area I've had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of students and instructors. I've come to realize there are important differences in the learning process between young people and adults.


Now, before we get too far, I want to dispel one myth. There's a rumor going around that it's more difficult for adults to learn.


For the record it's simply not true. Adults have many advantages when learning how to play guitar … Including the ability to understand concepts faster and a greater sense of self motivation. Experience tells me that, given proper instruction, practice and a sufficient amount of time, every adult can learn to play guitar.




Tips for How To Learn Guitar


With that in mind here's a few tips that will help you get the most out of these lessons.

  • When learning how to play guitar it's best to spend a little bit of time each day working on these lessons... say 15 to 20 minutes. This works better than spending a bunch of time and then letting several days go by.
  • Take the lessons in order. You might find some of the lessons seem like material you already know. Go ahead and review the lesson anyway. You're almost always gonna find some bit of information that will help you later on.
  • One issue that adults seem to have is that it's more difficult to just be a beginner. It can be uncomfortable not being able to do something, even after trying it several times. Try to allow space to fumble. Anybody who's gotten good at doing something at one time had to do it poorly… And you're no exception.Knowing this, by the way, is half the battle. I've organized this and all my lessons in a way that will take this into account and give you, as an adult, an advantage. I'll even point out ways to deal with common pitfalls and stumbling blocks throughout the lessons.Your job is to keep taking one step at a time... keep moving forward
  • Finally... It's common for adults when learning how to play guitar to have doubts about their ability to learn. You might have thoughts like "I'm too old for this" or my hands are too big, or too small. My fingers are too fat. There are many variations of this… I think I’ve heard them all.  It's best not to give these thoughts too much power. Go ahead... acknowledge the thought... and then do the best you can to move on and just practice the lesson.


What's Next?


In the next lesson I'm going to introduce you to the guitar anatomy, the parts of the guitar, so we can communicate more easily moving forward.


Congratulations on your new adventure of learning to play guitar.  I’ll see you soon in the next lesson.



Tomas Michaud

Author - Tomas Michaud at Real Guitar Success
Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar. Since then he’s founded the Starland School of Music in the SF Bay Area, and

When he's not making guitar instruction videos or creating more music to record (currently 7 CDs including Beauty and Fire) he's riding his bike along the beach with his dog Marco Polo or traveling to interesting places with his lovely wife Pui.
Tomas Michaud

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  1. Tomas have faith in the doctor and relax thank you for all your advice


    March 10, 2017

    • Thanks Robert. And your welcome for the lessons. – Tomas


      March 10, 2017

      • Hey Thomas hope you go through your medical procedure with out untoward incident.More power.


        March 10, 2017

      • Thanks Hospicio.

        – Tomas


        March 15, 2017

  2. Tomas I had the procedure as well and it went well and I am glad I did it as it improved my overall health and thanks for the lessons for grownups, just what the doctor ordered!


    March 10, 2017

    • Thanks Kerry. Everything went smooth. -Tomas


      March 15, 2017

  3. Hi Thomas
    It might improve your singing ? not that you need it the way u can play the guitar .keep the faith


    March 10, 2017

    • Thanks Kevin. -Tomas


      March 15, 2017

  4. Great stuff

    Robert Baker

    March 12, 2017

    • Thanks Robert. -Tomas


      March 15, 2017

  5. Tomas, I am 62 years old and just three weeks ago I decided one-day t buy a guitar. I have never played a musical instrument. Since starting to try and teach myself I have watched many Help videos and YouTube. Your personality and methodology really stood out and am now hooked.

    I am motivated, have the time to practice and just want to be able to play for my own enjoyment.

    Thank you for your generosity in creating these videos.


    May 15, 2017

  6. Hi Tomas,
    I am 67 years old and I want to learn the guitar.
    I really enjoy your lesson for the basics. You have a great style of communicating. How do I sign up for your u tube site.

    Joe Manzi

    June 20, 2018

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