Saw somewhere, probably on Youtube, a trick to lesson the scraping sound when playing banjo, use a pair of pliers to slighty twist the tip of the picks to make them strike the string more straight on and less along the edge.
Flash forward to 1983, and I'm jamming with some friends. One of the other guitarists told me he was taking lessons from Ted Greene. "The Ted Greene?" I asked and indeed it was the same TG that authored my now dogeared and well-worn books aforementioned. He told me he was taking lessons from him for $15 an hour. Really? I was charging $10 and hour myself. I should take lessons from him I said. I didn't.
Flash forward another ten years. Another friend was studying with him. Still only $15 a lesson. I should take some lessons. And again I didn't. So many great players studied with him. What skills and knowledge would I have attained had I shelled out a couple hundred bucks for some tutelage.
Well, now, post-mortum I can study with Ted a little through YouTube's amazing Ted Greene Archives` are an amazing collection of guitar lessons filmed by former students. Here's an example of one such lesson...