I agree with about everything said. I find that growing as a guitarist is a lot like personal health care. There is no magic silver bullet that solves everything, there is no “best training regimen” because what works great for some may not work well for others. For myself, I “need” to first settle the current financial mess I’m in because of juggling too many variables. Then I will seek personal support and encouragement as I approach the task of daily practicing to become a better guitarist. The sooner the better... Recording is good I will likely end up recording plenty of my current guitar playing abilities, so that I can more accurately check myself as I improve. Which in turn will help me better judge about the various strategies and practice techniques that give me the best results for my personal goals. Stick with it. Make learning and practicing as enjoyable as possible without compromising the work and dedication involved. I think you’ll find that the more you or someone else knows your situation better, the more accurate and specific the advice will likely become. I know that one thing has helped me more than I even realize yet , is using a lick learner. I use my Tascam GT-1 for CD’s and it’s very cool, especially when you loop that tough part! It’s a sonic magnifying glass big time. I have probably 2 dozen educational videos and books with CD’s, some of which have lots to offer when I’m ready to dig in, but I believe that some sort of lick learner is going to become indispensable in my learning some things. There are great software one’s too. Concerning your guitar playing growth, you’re large and in charge. If you want it to work out, you will find a way. I’m growing out my hair, I’m that dedicated to the process! LOL!