I got my motorcycle endorsement over the weekend. Took a class (with my wife, so it was almost a date…no kids, just us, motorcycles, 8 other students, and two instructors). My wife has a motorcycle and I have never driven it, so this was a way to get started and have fun together. Plus, she got a refresher.
Anyway, the point of this post was how the instructors impressed me. They were friendly. They were helpful. They listened. They observed. They taught.
A while back I was given guitar lessons as a present, but I never settled on an instructor. I liked the ones I met with, but it just didn’t work out. Then I started some guitar projects and felt guilty about spending money on those projects and the cash outlay if I took lessons. So I recommitted to practice (in a structured and organized fashion) instead of taking lessons.
I’m now questioning the intelligence of that decision. Especially since I have not made a huge improvement on my practice (some, but not much). I probably won’t sign up for guitar lessons any time soon (I really want to build/buy a speaker cabinet), but I’m curious what your experience has been. Am I focused on the wrong things? Am I missing opportunities to learn and improve my playing? Should I just focus on actually playing instead of amassing equipment? What, dear reader, is your opinion?