At 8 days ago, Psil0 wrote:
I might be teaching my friend to play guitar here soon and I'm basically more than likely going to need to be able to get him up to speed on playing decently complex stuff. Anyone have any experience in teaching they'd like to give, so that I can help him adjust as quickly as possible?
I suggest you show your Ultimate Guitar and look up basic alternate picking practice techniques. Better yet, here's a page on that site which does a good job explaining alternate picking. Make sure he practices alternate picking for about an hour a day, as alternate picking is about 90% of what lead guitarists use in their solos. An example of a good alternate picker would both Jim Root, and Mick Thompson from Slipknot. Mick Thompson shows us his warm up/alternate picking exercises here. And boy is he amazing at it! This is the link for that. It goes hand in hand with the first exercise in the first link too.
As for August Burns Red, yes I love them too and they're actually not that hard to play. My advice for getting your friend to learn to play August Burns Red is to start learning their songs. Just choose one song for him to learn or let him choose it and tell him to incorporate it into his practice routine everyday. Better yet, alternate between learning a song of your choice and alternate picking exercises and go from their. And here's another tip for when learning solos: When in doubt, use alternate picking. As I said before, at least 90% of a lead guitarists phrases are picked alternately so use it whenever you practice.
Good songs to start with would be Marianas Trench, Existence, Empire, or Ocean Of Apathy.
Good luck with your friend. Make sure he remembers to practice!