I've had SOS for about a year, but haven't tackled it until now. Sweep picking is entirely new to me, and it's hard to get used to after 26 years of alternate picking; and the different position fingerings are still a bit hard to get used to, but I'll keep at it. I'm very unhappy with my current technique, so something has to change. I'm planning on working through the book, 20 minutes a day, front to back, at whatever tempo I can manage cleanly. Then I'll go back and work over the bits that struck me as interesting. Along with all my other practicing, that makes it slightly more than an hour a day, but I'm a professor, single, and my job allows me the time. Hopefully the improvements will start to come. Here's my question: should I be practicing the exercises in SOS with a straight-8 feel, or with a swing feel? Any advice and stories about your own experiences with SOS would be helpful. I've read a lot of the posts here about the book, but I haven't found anything regarding swing or straight feel. Thanks.