Can anybody give me hints on writing songs/riffs? This is my downfall on guitar. PLEASE HELP!
It depends on what kind of music you play, for me, I play heavy rock and I like to have a nice,clean, acoustic riff w/ melodic vocals then have a very very distorted guitar for the chorus's and have a shred solo during the bridge.
Write something that fits the genre or doesn't stray too much away from it, use whatever theory needed ( metal uses dissonance for example ), pick a scale and start writing.