*Beware: this may look like an essay but it's not I'm just giving you everything you need to know*
I've come to a very odd point to be at with playing guitar. While some things are easy as pie for me others absolutely elude me and seem impossible. I've never really had "lessons" which I guess makes me self taught for the most part. Let me give you people some more information about what led up to this point.
I've been playing guitar for nearly six years now (since Freshman year of highschool) and I've had personal one-on-one lessons for about three months of those six years. After I lost my teacher I fell into bad habits and lacked a clear route of advance towards the next step I was should have been going towards. I probably spent close to a full year doing one thing: being able to play only 16th note downstrokes at 188+ BPM. Because I wasn't really thinking about how I could become a better player I fell into a deeper hole. That was three years ago and I've come some distance since that. I'm much more open-minded and ready to take what ever is given to me.
CURRENT POSITION: I know VERY BASIC music theory (Notes in the major scale, what makes a minor, major, and seventh chord and the numbers of the notes). I know the Minor Pentatonic scale in two shapes. I can play most any chord progression thrown at me. I have an above-beginners grasp of lead with the pentatonic. I can read tabs, write tabs etc.
I'm okay with setting my sights low for guitar playing expertise because I know what I would like to be able to do. I'm not a big fan of "guitar-god" solo ability and never have.
WHERE I WANT TO BE: Have the ability to come up with leads and licks that are quick, catchy, and surprisingly basic (see my favorite guitar players at the bottom of the page). To have enough theory under my belt that I know above-basic chord structure how to make a progression of chords and know why they sound good together. Be able to get in good habits and keep myself from playing the same thing too many times when either playing a lead or noodling on my own.
I live in Berkeley CA so there are abundant resources around me for getting info, lesson books and teachers. How should I go about getting to my goal and who/what should help me get there? Any online stuff I should check out, DVDs, CDs, local people?
Anything you can say about this is a GREAT help.
Favorite lead guitar players:
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges)
Ace Frehley (Kiss)