#1
I'm entirely self taught...I'm primarily a drummer but have been playing guitar more and more..anyways...i can finally play...some harder stuff..solos and all..fade to black and master of puppets, sanitarium..working on mouth for war...
ok..so i suck and it's taken me like a little over a month to get these songs down..i play them pretty clean...

but i notice that ppl who take lessons always have a way of holding the guitar and playing that sounds so...good...
i use my pinky and i dont sound completely like crap but i know i could sound much better so what's the secret that all these people who take lessons know but i don't.
i heard to try and play with your fingertips...is that all or is there more?
#2
its called experience. there's no magic technique, it just takes lots of practice.