Hi. I have been playing guitar for about 6 years and listening to metal since before then. I have never really taken guitar seriously till this last year, I have always just messed around playing songs by ear. I did Music A-level and GCSE's in school when I played up to grade 5 on sax and grade 7 on piano and did my grade 5 theory but a lot (not all) of that knowledge has gone. I have tried some rockschool books to help me out and some websites but everything seems to be so vague!!!
What I am looking for is a source or someone to tell me what scales, chords, arpeggios, excersises and techniques I need to learn to improve as a metal guitarist. I don't want to waste time with these rockschool books anymore because the stuff in them seems quite irrelivant to someone who plays metal. I am considering a guitar teacher as that really is the discipline that I need, someone to tell me what to look at and what I need to know. But I am a student with a low income and that isnt really a possibility.
This is a cry for help!!! would someone please just point me in the right direction and give me a break?!?!?
A good book for the technical aspects is Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar by Troy Stetina.