#1
I've just started to pick up guitar for about a month now by myself and the help of youtube. Just wondering if its necessary to take lessons and how it went for those who learnt guitar themselves
#3
i agree with LivinJoke84. lessons will only help if you have a good teacher, which is harder to come by than you think. I took lessons at my local shop for a short bit and the guy just tuned my (already tuned) guitar for half the lessons then he would try and teach me a song from ear that you could easily find online for the rest.
#4
You have YouTube, written lessons and a forum.

If you know how to use those three and you put a lot of effort in it you can learn anything you like.

I learned how to form chords from a friend, and learnt my first song (nothing else matters) from a guitar tab. It took me about 2 weeks to understand how to read the tab, I didn't even have a clue what a rhythm is

It is hard if you don't have a clue what you are doing. If you know how to find what you need, you read about it, see videos and etc. you can achieve it
#5
I'm with these guys. Being 38, I can remember a time when learning on your own meant having to learn everything off a cassette tape or a record, and occasionally getting some tabs in the back of Guitar World. Now, with the amount of free lessons, YouTube vids, forums, and the like, we're spoilt for choice. Sometimes I can't actually believe how much help is out there nowadays. It's a completely different world for someone learning. There's access to just about everything you need, out there. I've learnt more on my own than I ever did with a teacher. Maybe I just had shit teachers, though...
#6
There's enough information available on the internet, in magazines and tutorial books to make you an excellent guitar player. It just depends how much effort you put in. However, I would say that without a guitar tutor, I wouldn't be half the guitar player I am today. I might have even given up in frustration. So, if you ever feel the need to give up, maybe try getting a few lessons from a good tutor. Whilst my tutor wasn't the best in the world he always filled me with confidence and kept me on the straight and narrow. Guitar takes a lot of commitment but also belief. I'm much less disciplined now I don't have lessons but I'll never give up on guitar due to the belief my tutor gave me. Everything comes with patience and practice.
#7
self-taught players can go as far as they want. my husband is self-taught, and he's one of the best guitarists i've worked with.
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#8
Hard to tell...I've been teaching for more than 10 years now and I find that there are some people who did a really great self-teaching job, but about 70-80% wasted their time, and even if they didn't, they regret not having "gone methodical" earlier.

Try to record your playing and ask yourself if you like what you see/hear
Best luck! Take care,
Mariano
#9
I been playing a little over a year now self taught with a few pointers from a friend , I practice everyday at least an hour often longer I can play all major chords loads of barre chords a few scales nd my fingers dont hurt any more . When I first started i didnt think i would make it but now i feel progression everyday ............oh and i now have 4 guitars and a uke and a 12 string Practice till you cant pick your nose lol
#10
Like others have said, it all depends on how you practice. You have every resource you need on the internet - how far you go depends only on how you go about learning.
I'm completely self-taught and have taken myself far enough to get consistent gigs and a solid audience. I couldn't find any teachers that could play fingerstyle well, so I was determined to practice and understand it.
#11
On a recent interview, Richie Faulkner (current lead guitarist for Judas Priest) admitted to being self-taught and not really knowing the names of most scales he played so there you go.