I got my first guitar when i was 15 and plinked around on it for a year or so and learned a few songs through tab, which I might add wasn't easy to get in the 80's, but never actually understood what I was doing. Over the years i had many guitars but I seldom played. 4 years ago, I treated myself to a new guitar and a promise that I would learn everything I could about music. I started by learning as many open chords as possible and strummed my way into songwriting.
A drummer and I started a band in the local bar scene,with me playing rhythm guitar and performing cover songs. After a year our Lead guitarist quit, and left as a 1 guitar band, I had to learn solos. This is when I became obsessed with music theory, the foundation of everything that makes sense in music.
Later I became rhythm guitarist and front man for another band. It was then I realized that I would be happier playing my own music rather than stuff someone else wrote. The last few months I have spent learning theory, theory, theory and developing my lead skills. I wish I had been this dedicated back in the 80's when I first started. I would be a far better guitarist by now. I will close this section with a quote.
"Covers are cool if your playing to drunks in a bar, but the best music comes from within your heart".