#1
Has anybody ever had that feeling?

I play mostly metal... I play songs and do finger / shred exercises but I still don't feel comfortable with my playing. For example when I improvise over a track it doesn't feel like I'm playing as good as I should be, like I don't know what to do to make my playing sound as good as I want it to.

Any suggestions on how to make the work is pay off? For the record I play at least an hour a day MINIMUM (usually spans to two or three) trying out different songs and different finger/theory exercises.
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#3
Strange, how long have you been playing?

Try new songs.
Sweep picking.

Anything.
#5
I feel that way too... try playing with some other people... it will help you improve because your playing with their style also and need to bend to match
#6
listen to some new music? learn some more theory? take a couple days off? Expand your technique?

couldnt hurt to try everything
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#7
Just keep improvising. The more you do it, the better you will become.

Try some blues, funk etc, as well. It all helps.
#8
All good points. And im find when i get to a certain point i get lazy in my playing.
Like when your improvising ALWAYS ALWAYS put 110% in.
Also writing my own stuff motivates me. And accompyments (sp?) to my own stuff. Youd be surpised how much matching a cool drum track to your riffs motivates you.