Warning: This might come across as condescending, elitist, or egotistical, but that can't be further from the truth. I'm trying to find a teacher that suits my learning style, interests, and experience, and the market is so saturated I need some way of describing the difficulty I'm experiencing in my search. So please take the rest with a grain of salt. Teachers: Please don't be offended or insulted, I know (hope) good teachers are out there and I know most students aren't interested in the kind of mastery that is expected from other instruments. This is just my best attempt at expressing my frustration in my search. --------------------- I have been playing guitar now for nearly 20 years, I've learned everything on my own until I took classical guitar in college for a time. After college, I have been playing and studying on my own and feeling stagnant. In the past I always had a classmate, a friend, other youtube content to turn to. Now I'm just a plain old adult who doesn't have any musician friends anymore. I desperately need a coach, someone to point out where I can improve, how and what to study, etc. tailored to my ability and stage in life. When I look out into the world for a teacher, I find so many beginner or hack guitarists only "teaching" kids how to read a chord chart, or "teaching" students by tabulating and regurgitating the songs the student wants to learn, or one-trick pony blues jocks who don't have any real theory knowledge, but just tons of experience and a killer tone but don't really make for great teachers. Other people will recommend a "great guitar teacher" because to them "great" means they learned a few chords, or got them playing their favorite song, but the guy turns out to be a self-taught acoustic praise-and-worship leader who recommends only playing with floppy picks because they sound "soft". In my experience learning classical instruments it was so much easier to find quality teachers because most of them have conservatory, university, or decades of symphonic practice, along with music theory and composition in their resume. Learning trumpet and piano, I always felt like I was in the presence of a master with each new teacher and each lesson. But most guitar teachers leave me feeling like I've been conned. How then can someone find a competent guitar teacher for another experienced guitarist?