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I'm looking for any knowledge, ideas, suggestions, information, thoughts, disagreements, facts, opinions, proposals, data, about things to do inorder to achieve a high level of technical proficiency.

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Play everything slower than you normally would.

Try to consciously place your fingers in unusual places/combinations on the fingerboard.

Playing a lick, make sure every note you play is clean, if not, play the same thing slower and perfect it then. Only when you can play everything perfectly at slow tempos move to faster ones.

Come up with warm-up/practice routines. I do something like:

E-3-4-5-6-----------------------
B--------3-4-6-5----------------
G----------------3-5-4-6--------
D------------------------3-5-6-4 etc...

then go on to the same thing starting with E-4-3-5-6, then starting with E-5-3-4-6, etc...

then I would go on and make the intervals larger, i.e. play E-3-5-7-9 etc...

Then do the same thing using as much legato as possible.

Do things like that at slow enough tempos for your picking to be perfectly accurate, the important thing is to get your hands used to fingering all possible permutation of the notes. In this way, the fingers would follow what you want to play, not the opposite.

You can device similar warm-up/exercises for arpeggios, economy picking, etc...

Just some pointers.

At the end of the day though, it's what you do with the technique that's important.
 

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Play the instrument alot. Make sure you don't play things too fast for your present technique. Every note should sound clean (if you want it to), control is the thing here. Buy a metronome if you don't already have one. One thing that has enhanced my technique alot is having a really good guitarteacher. -Someone who knows about all the great players out there (Vai, Satriani, Gilbert, Petrucci, etc.) and who can play all their songs/solos. good luck
 

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Go get some guitar videos from people like Paul Gilbert. I learned a whole lot from his Terrifying guitar trip, Intense Rock I & II and his Guitars from Mars I & II videos. Heck I learned everything from videos!! (that explains why my library of guitar vids take up soo much space).

If you're too poor or cheap to buy the videos (which I highly recommend you do as you do get the proper tabs for them) you can always *cough* find them on the internet *cough* )
 
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