I've been palying the guitar off and own for about 50 years for personal pleasure, but have always been a rhythm player and simple flat picker. I play other instruments, including the autoharp and a few brasss intrumnets, but in my senior years I have started a "bucket list" . The first item is to learn fingerpicking well enough to entertain family and to just hang out on the deck with an adult beverage and pick some blues, country, gospel and folk tunes -- and so my wife can say, wow, that's really good . . .play some more while I pour another drink. Do I need a teacher or a DVD, or can I make this happen with some hard work, a good instruction book, and some ocassional free you tube instruction? I have no problem committing to disciplined practice.