I am someone who has played on again and off again for many years. Unfortunately the offs happen a lot more. So my playing hasn't really progressed past strugling through whatever song, and knowing a few scales and chords. The biggest problem I have with teachers is a lack of structure. The guy I was going to up until recently is a terrific player, and we meshed well both musically and socially. I looked long and hard for him and he came as one of the top 5 recommended teachers in Atlanta. The problem however is just like every other teacher I've ever gone too I walk in and he says "what do you feel like doing today?" In truth, if I knew the answer to that question, I wouldn't need the lessons. I just don't see the value in sitting for 30 minutes while some guy writes out tab to a song I can buy the tab book for out front. I know a few scales, I know CAGED and a handful of other chords. I have some of the building blocks down, but I can't just play. I don't see the path. I guess the disconnect is I'm not asking the right questions. But at this point in my playing I feel like I don't know what questions to ask. I realize that I am at best a poor student with a demanding work schedule, a young child and a pregnant wife that all contribute to less than optimal practice time. On top of that when it comes to playing other peoples songs I lose interest wuickly and can't practice it for long periods, even the stuff I love to listen too. I'm not looking for a jazz nazi who is completely structured and cares not what interests me. I've been to a few of those types "today you will play mary had a little lamb....begin". It would be nice to find someone who is a happy medium, consideres what I am into and what my goals are and then sets a path. "This is how you should practice, this is what you should learn this week, show me what you learned, OMG what was that crap here is how you do it right, here is what you need to do next week." I realize structure and musicians might be a stretch but is it that hard to find? It would seem as hard as finding someone who equallyenjoys Johnny Winter, Chris Duarte, Blackfoot, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Lamb of God and Slayer.