Okay, here's my story:
I'm 68, have been playing guitar and keyboards off and on for years, now concentrating only on guitars after buying my first electric about 5 years ago. I now have four electrics and two acoustics.
I don't read music. I know the basic chords, of course, but don't know the technical jargon. I've never had a lesson. I don't know the Pentatonic Scale any more than I know a Pentagram.
I've been told I have musical talent. I play somewhat competently ... I'd say Intermediate level. My brother-in-law sometimes brings his Martin D35 over and we'll play some Beatles stuff and I can usually keep up with him. Cowboy chords and barre chords but few riffs or lead stuff. Mainly rhythm and harmony notes. My nightly method is to play songs somewhat randomly from the 500 or so I have on my phone through my Boss Katana 50 and attempt to figure the song out as I go. Somewhat surprisingly, I'm sort of decent at it. Kind of. Most of the time.
I've thought of taking lessons. I love playing guitar and have had a love affair with music my whole life but have never invested in lessons. I think it's partly financial and partly because I like doing things my way. And let's be honest: at my age, I'm not going to play publicly anyway. I play for myself. I've only played a few songs for my wife and my sister.
But now my step-son, with whom I have a somewhat tenuous relationship, is offering to pay for guitar lessons for me. He's very successful financially and bought a Yamaha grand piano recently. He plays it well. His forte is classical, which obviously is hugely complex compared to my tastes (Tom Petty, Beatles, Pretenders). He plays mechanically, reading the sheet in front of him. I play totally by ear. Our styles, tastes, life styles, politics ... literally everything couldn't be more different.
But it's a kind offer.
Should I take advantage of it? It would be virtual, presumably over Zoom or Facetime or something. The teacher he has in mind lives in Pennsylvania, I'm in Ohio.
I worry, I guess, that it will be too hard, too much like work. I'm retired now. Aside from chores for She Who Must Be Obeyed and some condo association duties, my time is pretty much my own.
I go back and forth: I want to actually understand what a major third is but don't want to get so lost in the mathematics of music that I lose the joy I have in figuring things out myself, as limited as I am.
Does that make sense?
Talk me into it!
Talk me into it!
I just want to get better but don't want to waste my time learning songs or techniques that I'm not interested in.
More about the lessons.
I want to move beyond where I am now but have no allusions about becoming the next Tommy Emmanuel or Eric Clapton. I just want to get better but don't want to waste my time learning songs or techniques that I'm not interested in.
Start by playing those notes. Never mind the order. Put on some background music you can jam to and just do those notes