So I guess things are coming full circle nowadays. I usually think of "how long did it take to shred" threads as some of the first things people ask when they start playing. I started guitar by admiring certain shredders, and then found my way into loving blues, rock (and the typical guitar heroes of Clapton, Hendrix, SRV, etc), and jazz. I've recently been listening to Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Al Di Meola, and Eric Johnson. I don't consider myself a "shredder" and don't really think it's a desirable title, but I'm just wondering for those metal guys out there - how long did it take you to develop some speed on the guitar? I think my muscle memory is heavy into SRV, and it tends to get old even though I can play it fast in blues terms. When I try to do anything else, I notice my speed dramatically declines. Really, it's because I've never practiced in a whole lot of other styles and realize it'll take a lot of work to break out of that box. I know practicing every day for 30 minutes versus every day for 5 hours is a big difference. I'm just curious to hear how persistent you had to be to really develop yourself into a competent player in...more shreddy terms. Haha.