While you can always watch a video, a video can't watch you.
When I was learning, I was amazed at the difference between what I thought was good stance and balance and what my instructor wanted. I thought I was imitating him exactly until he stopped me, put his hands on my shoulders and pushed me a good 6 inches lower in my stance.
As a learning rider, I just didn't have any muscle memory. I didn't know how something was supposed to feel and thus I couldn't replicate certain skills consistently. And learning from friends? Well, I realize now that the friend who initially tried to teach me wasn't a very good rider.
I played and coached another sport at the elite level for a long time and I always remember my old coach saying "Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent" Meaning that doing the wrong thing over and over just ingrains a bad habit.
Videos have their place, but if you really want to progress quickly: get an instructor
Last edited by Bones; 11-22-2011 at 08:54 PM.