Well, technology has finally emerged into a new era of computerized guitar lessons. Now you can click on your favorite musician link and get immediate contact with Jimmy Page, or Johnny Winter. You can learn the basics, and the blues, you can pick up funk, slap and pop, and jazz guitar. There is not a single thing you cannot find on "YouTube" video.
Lots of musicians have their own lesson sites as well! You can get the fingering down by watching the pros at work, zooming in on their own fingers to show you tips and tricks that they've developed along the way. Just think of it, in a few short months you could be playing like Eddie Van Halen or Bo Diddly!
Women, don't let yourselves get left in the dust, either. There are a lot of hot women guitar players out there ready to teach you how to shred like the best! You could follow in the footsteps of Ann Wilson of Heart by hitting up a musician site that gives the ladies the best lessons to work with their shorter, and sometimes more delicate fingers. Bonnie Rait's raspy blues more your style?
On the internet, you can find a vast variety of information. Guitar tab (the written scores for guitar players) is great to learn because it gives you a wider range of songs to play.
Links provided below will guide you to several different opportunities that are available. Truly, you can "google" guitar lessons in the style or artist you wish, that's all I did, and I found these along with hundreds more! Take advantage of that great little computer you have sitting in your room or office and teach yourself. With all the free access to internet guitar lessons, you can leave the music teacher in the dust, and keep you CD lesson money in your pocket, or to replace those strings you will break as you bend and stretch your strings.
Don't worry, bass players, there are plenty of lessons for you too! Hit that little search engine and you'll go right to the song, video, lesson, or tab for the perfect signature song. Heck, learn a couple! It's free, after all!
Play like the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52uFcAwbLeI
Play like Led Zepplin's Jimmy Page: http://www.5min.com/Video/Guitar-Lesson-Easy-Jimmy-Page-Guitar-Solo-For-Beginners-59571527
Play like Johnny Winter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfBb5j77Tkk
Play like Bo Diddly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVIQ4Hbh2q0
Play like Eddie Van Halen: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_gurus/eddie_van_halen_guitar_methods.html
Play like Heart's Ann Wilson: http://www.guitarsolos.com/videos-roger-daltrey-ann-wilson--[DUCdiibpekw].cfm
Learn Classical Guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57IwXXgrudo