My advice remains the same, knuckle down and dig into it. Make a track as often as you can and be harshly critical. In response to the fun/wasting time statement.MatrixGravity wrote: It's really not that surprising. Three years I spent making music as a hobby, I didn't care about learning anything technical like that. Why would I waste my time on something that was purely for fun? Now that I'm taking it more seriously, now I'm trying to learn.
After a while I found it impossible to have fun without it being a proper achievement, sitting down and f**k around with a bit of gear or something stopped being fun for me and my only enjoyment came from the amphetamine like selective focus you get when you're working on completing a track, when every single part of it needs to sound perfect and all neurons are firing at once for the same purpose. Achievement and progress feel better than fun ever can ever be, it's destroying your former failures and coming out of it a champion.
Music was a hobby for me all through high school too, didn't stop me from taking it deadly serious though.