I think I am self taught...went to a recording school and realized I could have just intern at some studio, or just bought a board and start playing with it!?
I was collecting my camera equipment, and darkroom stuff, same time I was buying a better turntable and mixer! Practice does make sense when you have to play live, but back then I was playing almost 2-3 nights a week regularly.
In Japan I got to learn slowly hands on with my own computer and space, and started to buy parts for recording all myself. I am still learning something new everyday, especially with computers, and vst software. Everytime there is something updated or newly revised?! "it's hard to be in the new?!"