Topic: Self taught or taking lessons
I'm just curious about how many have taught themselves guitar by using books or listening to songs and working them out. Or learned by having a teacher or taking classes. I'm not out for an opinion, just satisfying a curiosity.
As for me, I always wanted to play the guitar since I was a kid. When my daughter got started about 5 years ago and I met her first teacher. The idea began to grow until I just couldn't ignore it any more. Plus I really liked the way her teacher handled the subject. So with the blessing of my wife, I talked to Seth and began to take private lessons with him. We started with the basic chords, GCDE, Em, A, Am, F and a couple of others. A few basic strum patterns and finger picking styles. Then he explained that his philosophy was to start the student off with tunes that they loved. I love Gordon Lightfoot, so we started off with "Early Morning Rain." and progressed to "House of the Rising Sun". Every lesson we do another tune that I print from from here and elsewhere.
I have been at it now for almost 4 years. To be honest, if left to my own devices, I would have procrastinated endlessly, gotten frustrated and walked away from it. But, having a teacher, helps me get my rear in gear and practice and hunt for the chords and lyrics. Then go to lessons and work on them together. In fact, it's almost like therapy for me, because the tunes we work on typically reflect the mood or season or things I'm dealing with irl. Here is my teachers website: http://www.sethausten.com/
So I'm indulging my curiosity and looking for more inspiration and info from the other members.