Now having an electric guitar, I wanted to learn how to play it. I bought a book by Alren Roth, and started learning some basics. But I wanted to take some lessons. Having experienced the group lessons with the Michael Row Your Boat Ashore strum strum strum stuff, I was a bit leary. I visited a local guitar shop located in Federal Way, WA. Not sure if they are still there. I inquired about lessons, and from what I remember, they cost $30/half hour. That’s what I remember, but that seems kind of high, but maybe that’s right. I decided to try them. I signed up to take a half hour lesson each week. The teacher Scott, started teaching me basic rock and blues stuff. I started learning Ted Nugent, Credence Clearwater Revial, and Eric Clapton stuff. The Nugent stuff was fun to play, but I broke a lot of strings with all the bending. I was started to listen to stuff like Yngwie Malmsteen, Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads, Metallica, etc. But especially a lot of neo-classical heavy metal.
I studied with Scott for about a year, learning songs, and scales, and modes. It was alot of fun. I really wasn’t very good. But I enjoyed myself.
After a year or so, Scott passed me on to another guitar teacher named George. George was more into the neo-classical heavy metal that I wanted to play.
Things started out good with George and I was learning some cool stuff. But George wasn’t as good of teacher as Scott. George was trying to teach me Rosanna by Toto which had some fairly complex chording. First it was a tough song to play, second, I wasn’t that interested in learning. So each week for a month George would have me working on this song that I really didn’t have much interest in learning. I stopped going to lessons.