Around July I decided that I finally wanted to put in serious time and clean up my alternate picking technique. I was worried because I've seen a lot of people say that some people just can't play fast/dont have the fast twitch muscles etc to develop substantial speed. Well that ended up being bullpoop. I was playing 16ths around 120bpm and in less than six months I'm already up to 160bpm. I'm still not a speed demon by any means but that is a monster jump and I'm happy with it. So I guess I'm just saying two things: 1- Don't get discouraged....hard work pays off! You can achieve your goals. It's all in your hands LITERALLY. Put the time in and reap the rewards. 2- Get a metronome. They are great! Happy new year. Now let me eat some of those zakk wylde solos for breakfast!