Ashamed as I am to admit this, I've never really sat down and actually LEARNED any sort of technique extensively, just little bits and bobs here and there. It's really starting to piss me off now, as I know I can be A LOT better than I am. I wanna start from the ground up learning leads and melodies.
What techniques and other such things should I be learning? I need to practice regime I can stick to. Obviously this ain't gonna happen over night, but I wanna be fluent in what I do.
Learning note choice and your way around the fretboard is just as important (if not more so) than substantive technique. Definitely grab a book of scales and either a looper pedal or a bunch of backing tracks. Bash out a few chords, and then learn what sounds good over what.
Also, work on different ways to attack and approach notes; bends, slides, pre-bends, and whammy bar use can all do the same thing, but sound very different and make things a lot more vocal sounding.
I'll get back to you on the other stuff, since my technique is pretty terrible