I have never tried to learn, transcribe, or play a cover. Of course I've played some of my fovorite riffs, but never full songs. I'm self taught(I'll be starting lessons in a couple of weeks) and have been learning by studying theory and writing my own music. Things have been going well, but I wonder if learning other songs would speed my progress. And I wonder if it's common to learn covers when you take lessons. Any thoughts?