I really need to know the best way to start playing metal guitar. I have taken a really bad guitar class and now know the basics of guitar [strings, most common chords, simple tabs], and I want to know the best way to start playing metal guitar. I really just want to know where to get started.
Thanks in advance,
What type of bands/music are you into?
In my opinion (and take it at face value), the best way to start playing is to learn a couple of basic chords, pick a song by a band that you like that's easy for beginners, and start playing it. Things like scales and theory are good to know, but when you're just starting out you want to keep it fun - otherwise you'll be bored to tears within a few weeks.
A lot of the older members on here started out covering early Metallica tunes off of RTL/Kill 'Em All. There's a ton of easy, fun songs to rip it up to on those albums - with a little practice, you'll be able to plug in, turn your amp on, and start kicking ass.