The class wasn't a bad idea.
Books are good IF you are good at learning things from books. (You may well be - no judgement here.)
Much info is on the net, a lot of it misleading if not just plain wrong. Having said that, there is a good bit of good info on this forum. And some links to other good sites.
But finally, nothing beats actually doing it. We'll be glad to help! Just ask.
PS: What local school do you attend?