Heya dudes, I'm fairly happy with my rhythm playing but my lead playing is far behind. I don't want to get right into sweeping and all that stuff but I'd like to be able to do some fast alternate picked 3 note per string runs. I'm fortunate to have quite a good amount of time (1-2 hrs a day, basically 8 hrs a day on the weekend) to practice but I just don't know what exactly I should do, there's so many different things and I want to do something that works. Whats the best exercise for that? (Examples with tabs are very welcome!) I'm lacking (obviously) the speed and a finger coordination too. I've been doing the 1-2-3-4 up and down the strings a lot recently, with a metronome increasing speed. The same pattern with going down 1, up 1, down 2 and repeat. I'm thinking about playing solos of my favorite bands too, but that seems not really motivating since I feel like I should be able to play decently fast before trying to play actual things, or am I mistaken? To get more into the scales I just jam to backing tracks... another question about that: do I really need all scales, modes and that? It seems very intimidating at first and maybe focusing on a few often used keys (like Em,Dm,Am (popular ones for metal)) or are there better methods? thanks for all help and pointers! cheers!