51 Mike Detlefsen 5 years ago I was self-taught from when I started playing in 1961/1962 as a Chet Atkins-style picker. I quit around 1990 or so. When I took up the guitar again in 2001, I decided to take classical guitar lessons to improve my technique. It worked. It was one of the best guitar-related expenses I've made. I've almost always primarily played a nylon-stringed instrument, but it helped my steel-string technique also. I took lessons for four years. A year after that, I went back and took a almost year of jazz lessons.