I recently picked up my guitars again due to being on furlough, I've not played for many years. When I started playing back in 94ish, I only ended up writing my own music and rarely played anyone's stuff. There just wasn't really the resources for me at that time. So from a technical stand point, I didn't progress that much over the years and stopped playing due to various things in life. Fast forward to a few months ago, and what I'm doing now is finally learning all those songs I love. I'm doing this for fun, and who knows maybe I'll try and write stuff again later. I signed up with Ultimate Guitar and began using tabs, learning at a slower speed and ramping up if a song was tricky. I started with several songs from bands like Obituary, Crowbar, Acid Bath. Then some early black metal stuff, and a dip into any of the slower death metal. Specific technique issues Alternate picking Examples in songs, as it might give a clearer idea of the kind of riffs I mean: Then I thought, hell I've got to give Pantera a shot too and that's where the first hurdle in my lack of skill was highlighted on the bridge section of This Love: (Skip to 8mins) I've seen the other lessons from too: (skip to 16:28) They're playing it alternate picking from what I can see or hear them say. Another example is Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel: (skip to 34 sec) (skip to 13:13 - when the riff moves up and it's octave alternate i think) Solution (?): What I decided to do, and please let me know if this is stupid or on the right path. 20 mins per day of alternate picking exercises (Ben Eller vids for ex). Learn the fingering of such riffs I'm struggling with at a slow pace, gradually build up speed as and when I can. I'm also trying to ensure my pinky gets used as it never used to ! I appreciate any help on this, it's extremely frustrating when people make it look soo easy.