I'm going to keep this a short simple thread, but I would like to learn hot to play hard rock/ heavy metal. I've been playing for about ten years, kind of self taught with informal lessons. If anyone has any good practice methods/ exercises, and little tricks of the trade for building strength, speed, and stamina.
Thanks in advance.
My advice would be learn the basics of music theory, learn to practice efficiently, and learn to use good technique. Get those three things, put some time in, and the rewards won't fail to come.
How to learn music theory is easy. Get yourself a good introductory course or book and you're set.
How to learn good technique takes a little more time and dedication. I'd suggest starting with John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD. But look around at the players you like and see how they're playing, find out about their style and work on the techniques they use. Try tackling a solo or riff of theirs you like. Pay attention to everything about it, though. It's not just about the notes they use. It's about how they pick it, where their picking hand is, what dynamics they use, etc.
Learning how to practicing is probably the most esoteric one. The majority of musicians I've met think because they spend a couple of hours each day noodling whilst watching tv, or playing through their favourite and most difficult songs, they're putting in focused practicing. It's way more effective to do consistent, short and targeted practice sessions than it is to spend hours being a bit aimless and general. Set goals, understand your limits and don't be impatient or short-change yourself by not letting mistakes go by unchecked.
Building speed and stamina is pretty easy. It's inevitable if you get your practice sessions right.
Also, don't underestimate the power of learning little phrases, licks and sequences/patterns. Mastering patterns and phrases means you have them in your repertoire. When you need to write a solo or a riff, or when you're improvising, it's great to have that repertoire as a sort of vocabulary, or to use as a scaffold.
And take a look at SeanBabs YouTube channel. Do a search on here for his posts. He has a ton of awesome shred lesson videos. And Doug Steele, too. Great player with a lot of licks.