I'm an old school rock player from the Blackmore/Page/Hendrix/Montrose/Trower/Frampton/Derringer/Schenker era and have been trying to play faster in the last few years. I find I must let go of the iron grip style of squeezing tone from the neck, and let my fingers float over the strings like a water spider darting across a pond. It's a very different approach. It seems like after Malmsteen came to America in '82, young players saw what was possible with the right mindset and technique. They started playing this way from day one without speed or dexterity limitations built into their minds. I listen to a college radio show once a week that plays metal/thrash/epic etc. and these young players are unbelievably fast and fluid. I have had to "unlearn" a lot of old habits to get my speed up and re-calibrate my mind as to what's physically possible on the instrument. It's fun to get faster. Impossible arpeggios are actually possible if I tell myself "I can do this" and start slowly and build up. Anyone else been through this?