I have been playing for years, and for a long time my skill has plateaued and not seen much improvement. How do you push past this and reach a new level? Ironically I see the most improvement if I stop playing for a long time... when I start back again it's like I was slightly better than before. I took some guitar lessons for a few months last year to try and get some skills playing and writing solos. I learned some new things, but it was only a 30 min a week session, and I felt like I could get the same instruction off youtube. My weakest area is playing solos, and writing interesting clean parts that use chords and go higher up the fretboard. A lot of my clean parts are simple and low on the fretboard... think like the intro to Harvester of Sorrow or Sanitarium... just kinda simple and generic by today's standards.