I've been playing for 7 months and I have just learned how to alternative pick and using pinky. I know it seems basic but before I could still play a lot of songs without those two. Now however I can play hard songs like Children of Decadence except for the sweeping. Now stuff like Master of Puppets' solo seems easy. I found out that learning skills that I don't know/not good at really improves my performance. I'm working on my sweeping right now and after a couple of days I'm decent but is sloppy. My playing is sloppy in general and unwanted strings rings out when I'm playing a fast solo. I can usually mute it in a sec but it's annoying when I'm tapping. So what should I learn next? Muting or continuing sweeping or something else. I'm self-taught by the way so no teacher.
Slow the solos down, play with a metronome. Gradually speed it up. That should help clean up those solos.
Muting is good. So is vibrato and bending!
While not really a "technique", something I think is very useful is to learn the scales and practise improvising using them
Oh my bending is excellent(imo). I can get a usually perfect bend. I also have a habit of using vibrato on every long note. Usually sounds cool but I think it's become a bad habit. I only know the chromatic scale but I can improvise a pretty good rock solo. I overuse bends when I do it though and it sounds kind of repetitive after a while. I do it kind of like freebird. What are some good scales for soloing?