I've been playing for about 16 years, but I never really focused on technique, because I was playing mostly in chruch and that isn't very demanding music. I mostly just focused on learning songs, making up cool riffs, ear training and improv. My left-hand technique is pretty decent, I guess (it doesn't give me trouble anyway, but I admit that my pinky moves too much). I've recently encountered some parts in songs I wanted to learn that gave me problems -- faster songs with some fairly preciese (but not very complex) sixteenth-note licks. I did a test today, and to my shock and horror, I found that I can only alternate pick sixteenth notes cleanly and consistently at 100 BPM, so I decided it's time to work on that. Interestingly (to me), it doesn't really matter what my left hand is doing. I can be playing scales or just picking on an open string, it still gets sloppy at not-much-above 100. I can't decide if my goal for my New Year's resolution should be to get clean 16th notes at 160 or 140. I plan to practice my picking for like 10-15 minutes a day or something. What kind of progress is realistic to expect in a year? I'm leaning 140. Also note that I'm not a very coordinated person (I can't do sports ball), so I tend to expect slower progress than other people in these areas.