Originally Posted by: DraconusJLM
If I could go back to when I first started playing, then I would begin by mainly ignoring songs and concentrate instead on techniques, scales, triads, riffs, licks, etc, etc......
I agree completely. I try to learn songs because on this site they are essentially taught as a series of riffs and licks that get assembled in the end. It's the songs, riffs, licks component of the journey that I ignored early in my most recent foray back into music. Fortunately for me, Draconus, there were people in here who offered opinions like yours that allowed me to see the error of my ways (in more ways than one) and set me on a course that I know I'll never give up on again.