While researching music shops, I learned that my local store also offered lessons. Hey, it's summer, I've got some time, and I wanted to dedicate myself to mastering a new task. So I went in intending to just ask about lessons, and walked out with a commitment to a 30 minute lesson every Thursday.
I don't actually play much during my weekly lesson. I ask a lot of questions, and try to listen carefully to the avalanche of knowledge from my instructor. I leave each week with new things to try and I return with more questions based on what I noticed during my practice hours.
I've learned some things over the last few weeks -- some scales, some chords, some strumming patterns, a little music theory -- but mostly I've gained confidence. One month isn't going to make a huge difference as a musician, but at least now I feel like I have a few skills to Just Try Stuff with my guitar and give myself direction when I'm poking around with songbooks, rather than feeling lost and aimless.
The confidence to Just Try Stuff is even more important than the basic skills, I think. How to impart that to my students, give them that confidence? Is it from the teacher or from the learner?