I mentioned this to my wife last night - for as many years as I can remember I've been 'blaming' my gear for not being able to be satisfied... the guitar wasn't right, the amp was so-so, etc. I now have great gear, and any shortcomings fall squarely on MY shoulders. Gulp. Boy, do I have my work cut out for me... I am still having trouble holding the pick correctly, can't strum for s**t. Lead work is okay, not fantastic, but rhythm? Argh. I got Tomo's DVD, but honestly I got confused just after I barely started. Boy, is this frustrating!