Like everyone, I’d like to get faster at lead playing. I’m a pretty solid rhythm player but my solos aren’t great. I mainly play guitar when I’m writing, as opposed to learning other artist’s songs etc, and as such all my bad habits have been compounded, and gaps in my ability have been avoided, and I’ve focused on what I can do, rather than what I can’t. Still can’t sweep pick? I guess this song won’t have a sweep lead in the breakdown then! I want to work on my playing. I tried guitar lessons a few years ago and they left me cold. Similarly I enjoy photography, and enrolled in a nightschool course to improve my skills, and found this total underwhelming and didn’t offer anything I couldn’t just find online. So I took to YouTube and found lots of conflicting advice. Some people said you should practice scales/patterns with a metronome, pushing the tempo up as you go (a technique that has worked when trying to get up to speed for sections before recording them) Some people say to practice the ‘1-2-3-4-next string-1-2-3-4-next string’ pattern. I use this as a warmup but don’t know how effective its been for me so far. Should I just try and play things explosively fast with bad technique and hope it changes? Should I try to learn a lot of my favourite songs, but aim to learn them with the correct technique, i.e. alternative picking not Hetfield 100% downstrokes? This is what I think will be best. Anything I haven’t mentioned? Any ideas on practicing times? 6 hours a day? 2 hours a week? Is it simply a case of the more I put in the more I’ll get out? Stupid questions with obvious answers, but really I’d just like some guidance. I’ve always treated the guitar as a fun distraction, a gear collecting hobby, but now I need to step up my game and actually apply some dedication and improve as a player!