Nothing beats hands on when it comes to practical skills, but I fear it might be a bit like learning to drive. You can get your Dad to teach you, but there is no substitute for proper training by a professional, and some theoretical understanding of what's going on. The Gougeon book is worth spending a bit of time on, even if you only skim it.puremajek wrote:rexd666
If you have time on your hands and are a perfectionist, yes. Otherwise I would chat to others in your area.
At the end of the day, you're investing many thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars, so a few hours (or days) of reading is an excellent investment. It will also help you filter out fiction from fact. This may help you avoid making a mistake that bites you a few years down the track, because you will have a better chance of detecting advice that just does not sound right.