In my many years of following and performing in the metal / rock circuit I have come across many amazing musicians that have such great talent. Watching some of these men and women play, is mind blowing.
The one consistent phrase that comes up over and over again is the old adage of practice, practice, practice. This phrase cannot not be overlooked as there is no amplifier, guitar pedal or other gimmicky tool that will put you in front of the pack and get you where you want to be. I myself have spent countless hours throughout my life and still do to this present day practicing riffs, solos, melodies over and over again. I do this because I feel it necessary as I’m trying to be best I can be as an artist, musician and contributor to the metal community by and large.
Building your guitar playing repertoire enhances your flexibility, speed and dexterity when practicing. It also improves your song writing skills, and comfort level when its time to hit the stage to perform. You need to be able to be so comfortable playing your riffs, solos, etc. where it becomes second nature. This is extremely vital when you’re about to hit the stage and are feeling the on stage jitters about to hit you like a ton of bricks. You don’t want to be standing there have a brain fart, and stumble over your notes and song progressions. When you are on stage every millisecond counts, there’s no turning back and you cant afford to f&^% up!
Another important part to mention about practicing is: Have a plan for what you are trying to accomplish. I commend your effort in wanting to practice, but have a plan of what you are trying to accomplish. Don’t waste time on things that you will never use. In a perfect world you’d like to have all the time in the world, but rarely is this the case in all our lives. We all have busy lives, family and other commitments that don’t afford us the luxury of noodling around for 9 – 10 hrs a day practicing.
My point is have a set plan of what you want to achieve exactly, have a goal in mind – such as a specific song that needs tightening up or solo that needs futher attention to make all the passages as smooth as can be. I have included a short video from one of my all time favorite guitar players Marty Friedman – this guy is insane on guitar blows my mind!
I hope some of these pointers help you out, and have been of some help.