This video seems to show an important tip in getting an Eric Johnson-style lick to sound right: I've been playing with strict alternating picking for a LONG time now. I think I can get this up to speed without doing the sweep shown in this video but I'd like to get your opinion on it. Also, I have always played with all four fingers. I notice that this guy uses his pinky on the high E when demoing the lick, but when it actually comes to playing it wicked-fast he uses his ring finger. Do you guys do this too? Lots of really fast pentatonic players seem to avoid the pinky.