Title says it all. This is my first post on a forum I should have joined long ago. Since returning I have noticed gaps in my technique, some bad habits, things i forgot and just things I never learned. I'm self tought and used to love playing thrash such as evile, metallica and megadeth and well most kinds of metal. I need some excercises that will help me build on the following weak points:
Alternate picking (string skipping in particular)
General lead playing
I'm no stranger to forums but if I've broken a rule or this is the wrong section be kind! All input is welcome, I like to think I'm a fairly good player but even beginner advice is welcome as there are definitely things I missed when teaching myself
No rules broken, so it's all good, man. And welcome.
If you haven't seen it already, John Petrucci's Rock Discipline is a one-stop-shop for covering an introduction all of that, except scales and the fretboard. And it has some great exercises. If you're new to any of the techniques, it's fantastic. If you're familiar or competent with them, it's still good. It'll give you some exercises, and you can take the principles of isolating the problem areas with each technique from it.
With regard to scales and basic theory, how much do you know already? If not much, you'd probably benefit from reading a basic introduction to music theory, then move on to tackling the major scale on guitar. The AB guide to music theory is great. Very thorough and covers right from the basics up to more advanced stuff. It's a little dry, but it works. It's a two part book, each volume is £6.99. I'm sure there's a ton of stuff online, but I wouldn't know any specific links, I'm afraid.
There's a user here, Maniacal, who does some amazing lessons. Take a look through this section for his posts. He also has an app for smartphones, too, I think.