Welcome to the forum Kevin!
That’s great that you’ll have someone to play with as soon as you’re ready!
To clarify for anyone else reading, I definitely don’t recommend against practicing, it’s just that the lessons allow you practice while you’re watching. So that’s great that you’re putting extra time in!
And welcome to Jerry @jrporta too! Hope you enjoy the course, I have a feeling it’ll fill in some gaps from your self-teaching years ago.