Of course, if outside schooling is too expensive, there’s always self-directed teaching… except that I’ve never been very good at that, as my guitar skills attest. I go in phases… I’ll learn something obsessively for a while, then I won’t touch it for a month or more. It takes me way too long to learn anything that way. And there’s only so much I can learn before I get frustrated and run out of things I can honestly teach myself. That’s why I need someone to teach me.