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Learning guitar theory (without breaking the bank!)
So things are a little slow in my neck of the woods: they've been cutting back on hours at my job, i'm new to the area so hanging out with friends is pretty slim, and i'm looking for something to do to pass the time.
I've been playing acoustic guitar for a little over three years now, but most of that was me just taking lessons on tunes that i'd like to play. My first year mainly consisted of lessons, my second I hardly touched the thing and my third is where I really cracked down on it. I'm able to play some real fancy pieces, but all I know how to do is read tabiture! When I think about it, I hardly know anything about guitar at all, and i'd like to better myself while I have the down time. I don't really have any reason why I shouldn't; i've got a (somewhat) solid job that will offer more hours starting August, a sweet girlfriend who's very caring and affectionate, and i'm pretty comfortable with my surroundings so I wouldn't mind secluding myself for a bit in order to get better.
Last year I was able to build myself a nice electric at my old guitar job for free, but I don't really know how to play electric at all. I've always wanted to learn how but things kept getting in the way, like school, bills to pay and important errands to take care of. I'd say for the next two months things are gonna be real slow, and I thought i'd make the most of it by really trying to absorb myself in learning all I can about guitar haha. A guilty fact i'm willing to admit is that i've always wanted to learn how to play powermetal! There's a phenomenal power metal teacher in the area, but apparently it's $160 a month for four half-hour lessons, which is just outrageous. I can't afford to pay that much money at all, but I do know that I work best when I do happen to have a teacher :?
I noticed that whenever i'm under the gun on things it usually forces me to truck through and get over those little humps that produce great musical strides. I'd like to get involved in something like that outside of my own personal vigilance, but without breaking the bank.
Does anyone have any tips or advice on how I can really sink my teeth into this and really learn what I want to play and music theory on top of it? I don't mind spending money so long as it's not going to cost me an arm and a leg.