I've been on here quite a bit lately reading about technique and working tons over recent months on improving my playing in a fundamental way. It occurred to me last night that if I had listened to everyone 30 years ago and taken lessons from a quality professional, I would be such a better player today. I've learned in the last year how hard guitar is to master, discovering techniques and concepts that I've never touched on that are the cornerstone of so much of the music I have loved and emulated over the years. I took the route of "get in a band as soon as you can and start gigging." Copped tons of licks from the greats and learned a catalog of songs across the rock spectrum and tried to play them note for note. I can't count the times over the last 30 years i've learned that what I thought was note for note wasn't. I played what made sense to me within my limitations as a player and pulled off "pretty close". Bringing the music into my wheelhouse unconsciously and stunting my growth, both in understanding and performance. So to all you instructors out there, I'm sorry. God bless you for the indispensable work you do in laying the proper foundation for musical growth. So ends my manifesto.