I started tying last March, about 11 months ago. For the first few days I only practiced using a whip finish tool. Then I attempted wooley buggers and over the next few months I started tying pheasant tail nymphs and hare's ear nymphs In addition to videos, I was getting help here and on another forum. On average, I was tying at least 8 hrs per week.
In Aug and Sept I slacked off on tying, maybe an hr a week.
In Oct I got involved with an informal tying group that met once a week. It's headed up by a highly skilled tyer with about 35 yrs of experience. It was like starting all over again.
At the first meeting I was told I was not keeping the bobbin perpendicular to the hook and I was wrapping with the bobbin too far from the hook. The bobbin should not be more than 2" from the hook.
I was taught to tie a Greenie Weenie and was told to just practice wrapping thread on a hook and tying Greenie Weenies.
Here's a video on the Greenie Weenie:
The following week I was taught the simple Walt's Worm. Here's a video:
I had problems with dubbing and learned it was only because I was not using enough pressure. For me, it was the same with elk and deer hair. You really have to pinch that stuff hard.
The thing is, if you're just getting started, start with at least one or two simple flies. They both catch fish.
I hope this post is a help to anyone just getting started and maybe some other experienced tyers can add some pointers.