#1
Hey guys, all the music I want to play is too difficult (lots of rock and metal), so I would like to know HOW to practice. I know the chords and barre chords, so what should I work on now? I get lost in practice simply because I don't know WHAT to practice.

There's so many lessons on the internet, but they're either too easy or way out of my league, and they're not in order. So I would love advice on some kind of order or steps I should take, "learn this, then that, then practice that next" would help very much.

Thank you for any advice. I would love lessons but can't afford them unfortunately.
#2
You need to learn alternate picking, economy picking, legato, vibrato, and bending, to start. You can youtube them to find lessons.

Learn songs that incorporate them, and then apply them.

EDIT: I don't even remember the exact course of action I took but it was on my own and I learned a lot of bad habits I'm still breaking to this day. Oh yeah, and SLOW DOWN!
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Last edited by mikeYekim at Aug 28, 2013,
#3
Thanks for that. I guess i need to learn how to play faster as well (by slowing down :P) haha.
#4
I wouldn't worry too much about speed. That'll come with time.

I think you need to concentrate on the basics like palm muting and alternate picking. If you stick to simple stuff like Green Day and Nirvana that'll get you started.

Then when you get a bit more comfortable you can move on to bends and tapping etc.. (you need to build up finger strength first.)

Just have fun and play what you enjoy most. You'll pick everything up on the way
#5
Since you need some order and structure i would suggest following the free begginer and intermediate lessons on the Justinguitar website Justinguitar.com .After that you can be more specific but for now you need to put a bit of order in chaos and justin has a very logical progression of lessons there .
#6
Thanks dreamdancer, I'll definitely check that out, and Leanland I do have that stuff down already and am wondering what like actual things I should study like scales or theory and what parts. Thanks guys.
#7
Quote by mikeYekim
You need to learn alternate picking, economy picking, legato, vibrato, and bending, to start. You can youtube them to find lessons.

Learn songs that incorporate them, and then apply them.



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#8
Quote by My Last Words


Alternate/Economy Picking
Racer X--Technical Difficulties/Metal Dog
Paul Gilbert--Curse Of Castle Dragon
Megadeth--Tornado Of Souls
Megadeth--Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Metallica--Fight Fire With Fire
Dream Theater--Metropolis Pt. One
Dream Theater--Erotomania
Dream Theater--This Dying Soul
Wintersun--Winter Madness
Buckethead--Nottingham Lace
Nicolo Paganini--5th Caprice**
John Petrucci--Glasgow Kiss
John Petrucci--Damage Control
Dream Theater--Octavarium
Dream Theater--Afterlife
Dream Theater--Lines In The Sand
Dream Theater--Overture 1928
Dream Theater--In The Presence Of Enemies
Liquid Tension Experiment--Paradigm Shift
Steve Morse--Tunmeni Notes
Al Di Meola--Pharaoh Kings
Shawn Lane--Gray Pianos Flying
Shawn Lane--Get You Back

Downpicking (thanks Zaphod!)

A7X - Unholy Confessions
Metallica - Blackened, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), [any number of other songs]
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Arch Enemy - Nemesis
The Black Dahlia Murder - Funeral Thirst
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Demons & Wizards - Dorian, Beneath These Waves
Strapping Young Lad - Aftermath
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Ihsahn - Frozen Lakes On Mars
Killswitch Engage - Rose of Sharyn, My Curse, My Last Serenade
Kyuss - Green Machine
Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
Mastodon - Blood and Thunder
Mr. Big - Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
My Chemical Romance - Ghost of You
Nevermore - The Psalm of Lydia
Nightwish - Nemo
Paul Gilbert - SVT
Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
Rise Against - Voices Off Camera
Septic Flesh - Sangreal
Slayer - Raining Blood, [any number of other songs]
Slipknot - Surfacing, Vermillion (Part 1), Gematria (The Killing Name), [any number of other songs]
Trivium - Ember to Inferno, Declaration, Anthem (We Are The Fire), [any number of other songs]

String Skipping
Racer X--Scarified
Bach--Bouree In E Minor
Dream Theater--Innocence Faded
Liquid Tension Experiment--Universal Mind

Sweep Picking
Metallica--Leper Messiah
Jason Becker--Altitudes
Jason Becker--Perpetual Burn
Jason Becker--Serrana
Cacophony--Concerto
Cacophony--Speed Metal Symphony
Nevermore--The Psalm Of Lydia
Between The Buried and Me--Selkies:The Endless Obsession
Between The Buried and Me--Alaska
Yngwie Malmsteen--Trilogy Sweet Op. 5
Yngwie Malmsteen--Blitzkreig
Tony MacAlpine--Wheel Of Fortune
Michael Angelo Batio--No Boundries
Protest The Hero--Turn Soonest To The Sea
The Human Abstract--Vela Together We Await The Storm
The Human Abstract--Violent Strike
Nicolo Paganini--24th Caprice**
Necrophagist--Advanced Corpse Tumor
Necrophagist--Mutilate The Stillborn
Outworld--Riders
Rusty Cooley--Under The Influence**
Rusty Cooley--The Butcher*
Rusty Cooley--Dominion**
Rusty Cooley--The Duel**
Dave Martone--Pigeon Walk
Racer X--Frenzy
Dream Theater--Fatal Tragedy
Frank Gambale--High 5

Sweep Tapping(Obviously this will improve your sweeping too)
Necrophagist--Stabwound
Necrophagist--Symbiotic In Theory
Necrophagist--Fermented Offal Discharge
Dream Theater--Under A Glass Moon
Dragonforce--Valley Of The Damned

Hybrid Picking
Eric Johnson--Cliffs Of Dover
Guthrie Govan--Waves
Albert Lee--Country Boy
Mastadon--Bladecatcher
Bumblefoot - Real, Guitars Still Suck
Mastodon - Divinations
Brett Garsed - Undoing

Finger Picking

Beginner
Three libras- A Perfect Circle
Dust in the wind- Kansas
Buried alive- Avenged sevenfold (intro)
Stairway to heaven- Led zep
Babe im gonna leave you- led zep
Roulette- System of a down

Intermediate
Tears in heave- Eric Clapton
Classico- Tenacious D

Expert
Classical Gas

Tapping
Guthrie Govan--Fives
Paul Gilbert--Four Seasons
Arsis--We Are The Nightmare
Extreme--Get The Funk Out
Mr. Big--Green Tinted Sixties Mind
Symphony X--Sea Of Lies
Symphony X--Of Sins And Shadows
Symphony X--Eve of Seduction
Steve Vai--Building The Church
Steve Vai--Liberty
Paul Gilbert--Get Out Of My Yard (without human capo)
Van Halen--Hot For Teacher
Van Halen--Jump
Van Halen--5150
Van Halen--Eruption
Van Halen--Dreams
Dokken--Tooth And Nail
Dream Theater--Wait For Sleep
Dave Martone--Starz Scarz
Dave Martone--Fumble Fingers
Buckethead--Jordan
Protest The Hero--Bloodmeat
Reb Beach--Black Magic
Bumblefoot--Guitars Suck
Mattias Eklundh--Lisa\'s Passion For Heavy Metal

Touchstyle Tapping (separated as deciding difficulty would get difficult otherwise)
Joe Satriani--Midnight
Joe Satriani--Day At The Beach
Joe Satriani--The Forgotten Pt. 1
Joe Satriani--The Headless Horseman
Dave Martone--Tap Thang
Kiko Loureiro--Tapping Into My Dark Tranquility
Angra--Heroes Of Sand
Zack Kim--Super Mario Theme
Stanley Jordan--Anything

Legato
Joe Satriani--Flying In A Blue Dream
Joe Satriani--Power Cosmic
Joe Satriani--Echo
Joe Satriani--The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
Iron Maiden--Number Of The Beast
Rusty Cooley--Dark Matter**
Steve Vai--Lotus Feet
Steve Vai--For The Love Of God
Dream Theater--Lies In The Sand
Dream Theater--In The Name Of God
Allan Holdsworth--Fred
Allan Holdsworth--City Nights
Allan Holdsworth--Metal Fatigue

Chord Work
Joe Satriani--Joe Satriani
Al Di Meola--Mediterranean Sundance
Al Di Meola--Splendido Sundance
Periphery -- All New Materials
Animals As Leaders - Modern Meat
Anything by Allan Holdsworth!
#9
Quote by mikeYekim
You need to learn alternate picking, economy picking, legato, vibrato, and bending, to start. You can youtube them to find lessons.

This.

Also, if you can't or don't want to get a teacher, progress very carefully. It's very easy to pick up bad habits self-learning.

Don't be afraid to pick songs from more technically advanced bands. Try your best to learn the song, and if it's really something you can't handle, just skip that part and come back to it when you're better.
#10
Awesome, thanks guys and I'd love to learn songs from Dream Theater, Steve Vai, but I mean I can tell just by listening that they're too difficult. But I'll definitely work on the techniques you listed, and those songs will be great practice awesome!
#11
Quote by PsychoMantis6
Awesome, thanks guys and I'd love to learn songs from Dream Theater, Steve Vai, but I mean I can tell just by listening that they're too difficult. But I'll definitely work on the techniques you listed, and those songs will be great practice awesome!

I don't listen to much Vai, but I can say that some of Dream Theater's songs are good examples of what I was talking about. The string skipping section in Erotomania is probably a little too difficult, but all the other sections are quite approachable. My playing improved quite a bit just learning that song.
#12
I'll try learning it then, would be very awesome to jam along to. Hopefully it isn't out of my league which I fear it is, but I'll check it out
#13
"Guthrie Govan--Fives"

Nuff said.
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