I don't post a great deal these days, as most of the time it's like knocking your head against a brick wall, but I'd thought I'd post this on behalf of the few in here who do know what they are talking about and offer their valuable free time to give advice. It is quite noticeable that many people come into forums like this and post valid questions, be it about guitar lessons, Slash tone, or whatever turns them on, but it has become noticeable of late how few actually return to the thread they have started, to discuss or respond to the replies. If you want instant success and only post so you can receive replies that you want to hear, only think you need to hear and don't intend returning to, then don't post questions in the first place. There are many genuine posters in here, who would like tips from more experienced players, so please don't clutter the place up with a bunch of crap, just because you like hearing your own voice and increase your post count. I have seen some very informative and in depth replies to questions from the likes of people like Huw and Quill re theory etc, who thread starters obviously haven't bothered returning to, or reply at most with a monosyllabic response of.. Dude .... Well if that's all you muster for a reply, then I sincerely think you should go and take some lessons in communication skills before you start worrying about playing the guitar, because you've got no fucking chance. I have read all sorts of stuff in here over the years, from sound professional advice to the biggest heap of crap you are likely to set eyes on, so let's get a few thing straight before I wind up my rant for the day.. 1....There is no such thing as instant overnight success. 2...Practise and more importantly combined with performance is the only way forward. 3...Knowing theory cramps your style......Absolute bollocks. 4...Thinking that to know a lot of theory somehow makes you a better musician.. Just as equally another load of absolute bollocks. 5......Knowing something about theory helps you to expand and broaden your musical horizons and communicate in certain situations. Nothing more, nothing less. 6.... Beware of people who offer you the world with 'The ultimate guitar lesson course '... Another equally load of old bollocks, because everyone is an individual and has his or her own learning curve and personality traits. 7.... There is a lot more psychology and communication skills involved in successful teaching then most would ever imagine. In other words..'One man's meat could quite easily be another man's poison'. So don't think for an instant that because guitar lessons from Fred worked for Johnny, they will necessarily work for you. 8.....If you receive a reply from someone who is more knowledgeable than you and you don't understand the reply..Debate..Ask questions. Don’t just sit there like a spare prick at a wedding and hit the dude smiley. Use the word WHY?. A small word sadly missing from most peoples vocabulary..If you don't understand what I mean by that, I suggest you find the fable of 'The Kings new clothes' on you-tube and watch it. 9.... So who the hell am I to come on here and give my opinion? Well before anyone asks that, I have played professionally since 1964. Have done more gigs than most in here have had hot dinners. Have over 30,000 hours guitar teaching experience as senior county guitar tutor with a few ex pupils even turning pro and performing at places like Glastonbury. I have also bought a big house in the country and raised three kids without having to have done a day job in my life. Enough credentials I think to satisfy most critics. 10... If you don't agree of course , that's your prerogative and you are free to think I am talking absolute crap and have no idea what I'm talking about. 11..That's fine by me... Phil.