well i'd like to start learning some techniques to increase my playing speed, could i be directed towards some lessons...

A few main techniques i wanna learn are...
Alternate Picking...(Or is this that important?)
And how to write a solo... thanks!
Favorite Artists/Bands
1.John Mayer
2.Smashing Pumpkins
Along with that ^, please see the technique thread in this forum.
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