I have played guitar as a hobby on-and-off for 18 years now. I am not an accomplished player. I took lessons when I started out. I have bought books, and early-on I learned a lot from Fretboard Logic (the CAGED system). I have always enjoyed improvising while my friend plays a progression, and I can get by ok with that.
A few years ago I took sporadic lessons from a well trained guitarist. My goals were very broad and unclear at the time.
- Just get better
- Solo and know the fretboard like the jazz guys
- Play cool - David Gilmour, Eagles
- Classical guitar might be nice
My teacher taught me some jazz stuff, but my interest waned, so my lessons trailed off. Pink Floyd was one of my favorite bands growing up, so I began spending more time transcribing to TAB and learning David Gilmour solos. I had some fun, and my phrasing got better though now all my solos sound like a Gilmour wannabe.
I have put the guitar down for a year or so, but now I'm getting the hankering to start playing again. I called my old teacher, but he didn't call me back. That's ok with me. I'm clearly not the ideal student. Since it's just a hobby, and I want to prove to myself that I can be disciplined, I'm thinking that I will try to learn from books. I've spent a good deal of time looking at guitar books at amazon.com. I purchased a couple:
I'm thinking that I want to continue to go the jazz route, and Beginning Jazz Guitar looks good for that, but I'm thinking I'll wait till I finish "Modern Method" before I start Beginning Jazz Guitar.
Because I'm 35, have a job and 2 kids, my practice time is limited. I've started with "Modern Method", and I'm hoping to continue to practice app. 20 min a day, and maybe an hour or so on Saturday.
Here are my questions:
- From what you see from my history, could you recommend any books or approaches?
- Any other tips and advice?
Update: Thanks for your responses so far. Since I posted this question, considered your responses and done some reading, I'm feeling that I have some more concrete questions. Perhaps I will post those on this site later. I read some of justinguitar.com under the "Practice Time" section that has been of help too.