I been playing since I was 19. I mostly play Metallica since that was the music my friends listened to.
My father is in a band so I always had guitars around. He played with a Gibson and BC Rich.
I guess when my friends used to jam along with the songs I one day asked how they did that and they gave me the tabs and told me to learn from that.
So I taught myself how to play with a little bit of help from my friend Curtis who showed me how some of the tricks I didn't understand where pulled off.
Now I just jam to Metallica and work on my own songs.