IT is really interesting how your statement above can actually discourage people from taking part on this forum in fear of being chastised for their comments. One would think that the idea of having a public forum as such would be to encourage as much feedback as possible.
If you re-read my post carefully you will find that the only advice I gave bamajazzlady was "you should definitely find a good teacher in your area". As for the rest of my post, it was merely illustration of my experiences and what has worked best for me.
P.S.-I like the advice that has been given here by many of you, great stuff! TM members ROCK!