Joe, that's how I learned the guitar and banjo. Never took a lesson on either, though previous lessons on trumpet, piano and bass had taught me music theory and how to read. But I taught myself guitar and banjo playing the LP's at 16-1/2 RPM over and over and over. But that ended up being a disadvantage because, while I got pretty damn good at mimicking Dave and John, I never learned other styles like bluegrass, clawhammer or frailing which later in life I wished I had gotten proficient in. Tunnel vision on the Trio cost me there.
: Oh, man, Rick, those books were the worst. How could the chords be so wrong? Did they
: ever notate any of those songs in a playable key? Who were the people who prepared
: that sheet music? Let's also not forget that they sometimes included songs that
: never even appeared on a KT album.
: Eventually, I gave up on the books and learned how to figure out the chords from
: playing along with the records (a lost art nowadays with chords for everything on
: the Internet).