I am teaching myself this time (did some Guitar at work, groups lessons of about 15 students with one instructor a couple years ago). I am following the Justin Guitar method from Justin Sandercoe at http://www.justinguitar.com. The lessons have been going well and I have ordered his Beginner Course Book and the Beginner Songbook.
I've had the question, what songs are you practicing. Here is a list of the current rotation:
- Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
- Heart Of Gold, Neil Young
- Let It Be, The Beatles
- Hey Jude, The Beatles
- Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley
- China Girl, Iggy Pop
- A Penny More, Skydiggers
- Wonderwall, Oasis
- I Walk The Line, Johnny Cash
- Stand by Me, Ben E. King
- Head Over Heels, Blue Rodeo
- Sugar Mountain, Neil Young
- Dust In the Wind, Kansas
- Yer So Bad, Tom Petty
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day
- Hotel California, Eagles
- Til I Gain Control Again, Blue Rodeo
In Justin's course he recommends getting a practice partner to play with. James at work (who I worked with at Bridgewater Systems several years ago) has joined me in practicing once a week. We do some practice (1 min Chord Changes, Finger Gym) and then play some songs for about 1-2 hours.
We also practice throughout the week and plan to start practicing the same songs from Justin's Beginner Songbook so we can play those when we get together. Then we can do more of a jam session once a week.