Hey Guys and Dolls:
I am 35 years old... in the last 5 years I have taken private lessons (on and off), currently doing the video lessons (Vguitarlessons.com).
Private lessons: I found my private lessons to be somewhat stressful.. 1 hour of being told what finger to go on what string at what fret and then putting it all together at the end of each lesson... with a week in between lessons, I was able to play what I was taught but not clean or mistake free..... I felt rushed. Didnt know from Adam what note I was playing, in what scale.. etc..etc... just out there floating in TAB hell. I have not had a lesson in a while and i couldn't play a thing right now from those lessons if you paid me.
Video Lessons: I purchased the entire selection of video lessons @ vguitarlessons.com. I have been working on Purple Haze for a while... I can hit the opening riff no problem... not at the proper tempo but I know how to play it... When it comes to the chords i am lost... transition between chords does not exsist.. But I am trying to prefect the opening riff so I dont spend much time on the chords yet.
Physically: I know I am super tense when I am playing... not because I notice it when I am playing but when I stop playing .. The pain in my left shoulder is unreal!!
Basically what I am asking is HOW CAN I LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR!!?!?!?!? I want to learn ... I am die'n to learn... I have the time to learn... i am just not learning... i have doubts on the way I am learning.. I not only want to learn.. I want to know what I am learning... Why is it done this way? How can I fix mistakes? Chords, Scales... you name it I want to learn it and need directed to the right person or places for this to happen... I just want to be able to JAM, hear myself play some tunes and be able to talk music and most of all have some fun...