Probably 20-25 years ago I bought an electric guitar but did not put forth the effort to learn much. At the time the internet was fairly not as advanced as it is now. I don't even remember if youtube existed back then, in any event I have always wanted to learn to play guitar. I am now 44 years old and have decided I better start now or I will never start.
I am left handed and cannot hold a right handed guitar for the life of me so I decided that I want to buy a left handed guitar. I found a couple of guitars I like (they are both from Taylor one is 214CE and the other is 314CE, the 314CE being much pricer due to being all wood). In any event, I then decided to look for lessons and boy are they pricey. Most of the lessons near me are around $45-50 (USD) every half hour, sometimes more. I dont mind investing in this maybe when I am a little more comfortable with guitar.
As much as I want to be tutored or have an instructor, I decided at first I will try to do this alone. However, I am having a very hard time knowing even where to start. There are practically millions of sites claiming to teach you how to play guitar, along with millions of youtube videos, etc. As much as I feel it is great that so much information is out there I feel it is overwhelming me to the point where I get tired just trying to look to learn.
Is there any recommendation for a total beginner like myself. I don't know much aside from what the guitar is composed of, how to hold it, and that I want to and can only play left handed (please do not try to convince me to play right handed, I just cannot no matter how hard I try to hold a guitar - I have tried). Should I start with chords? Should I learn scales? What order or what reference or even is there a path (possibly free or inexpensive at least for now) I could take to learn the guitar?
If it helps I am interested in artists like John Mayer, the Fray, Dave Matthews, Owl City, and similar artists. One thing I have to mention is as much as I wish I could play a lot (I see there are stories of people practicing 6 or more hours a day) it is just not practical for me. I have 3 kids, a wife, a job, and the daily responsibilities of life. I could commit to possibly 1 hour a day, and I know it isn't a lot but it is probably the maximum I can put in. Can anyone point me to a path I should take to get me going without overwhelming me with so many different random sites / videos?