This is a topic that A LOT of musicians talk about. I have been involved in both crowds: Academically trained musicians AND musicians who have just put the time in and do it themselves. Both have their ups and downs, and I am here to settle the score for you.
Music theory. Every self-taught musician's nightmare. If who I am describing sounds like who you are, then this article is exactly what you need.
The world is changing. The world has been changing for a while. We've been getting better. Slowly, and with time, we will get there.
Have you ever wondered this before...?
We've covered where standard tuning comes from in my previous post (if you haven't had a chance to read it, here it is), and in all honesty, standard tuning is surprisingly important to being able to play the guitar. When you learn to play in standard, you're continuing the tradition of chordophone instruments, the tradition of Spanish musical history, and the history of the most popular instrument in the world. That's pretty wicked.
How long have you been playing guitar? Some people can't even remember that far back. But what if I asked you how long you've been playing in standard tuning?