how come no one ever recommend using songs to learn your techniques? right now i want to work on my alternate picking, so i am learning yngwie's far beyond the sun, and paul gilbert's technical difficulties. i use amazing slow downer to slow them down and then gradually get them up to speed. then when i want to work on.....lets say my sweep picking, all i do is pop in jason becker's altitudes into amazing slow downer, and learn that. it goes through every single common sweep pattern in both major minor and probably diminished, that is used by almost all guitarists. legato? why not learn some satriani tunes. sitting with a metronome and doing plain old exercises are severely boring to me, i don't have the patience. but, if i am able to practice licks from a song that utilize a special technique, and use amazing slow downer to be able to play along with the song, it makes it much more fun.