If you don't want a long story then pull out now... OK I've had an acoustic and an electric guitar for ages now, but haven't touched them for a while... I wanna start playing seriously, but I need advice on how best to proceed. I know some chords, so I can play along to songs that have chords on them. Also I can read tab, and can play all those 'standard' songs that every half-assed guitar player knows - stuff like tears in heaven & some others in the eric clapton unplugged tab book like signe, lonely stranger, etc, nothing else matters, more than words, some chilli peppers, stuff like that. But I dunno where to go from here. Tabs are great but it's getting kinda tedious, and it just feels like I'm not really improving my guitar skills, as all you're doing is following it blindly. Now I don't really want take lessons - I wanna learn my own way. I've trawled through alot of guitar books, and each seems to have a different way of going about things - chord theory, chord progressions, music theory, scales, different scale thoeories, it's confusing... I love almost all guitar music, from Tommy Emmanuel to Eric Clapton to Metallica, so I would like to learn various styles, from folk to blues to rock to metal. So what are some recommendations for going about this? I really dont know much about 'proper' music, do I really have to learn how to read sheet music, with all that shitty notation you have to decipher? I was thinking of just learning some scales, all across the fretboard, so maybe I can start playing some nice solos like clapton, or insane ones like Kirk Hammett? Are there any books or online resources you can recommend? Or any tips at all about how I should proceed with this?