So, I'm a pretty shy guy when it comes to my playing. I play live sometimes, but its only ever been for school events and I get by under the assumption that no one in the audience knows anything about music anyway I don't really have nerve problems, so much as I freak myself out on the thought that what I'm playing, no one really wants to hear. So the only recorded output I have are the band recordings my friend and I made, and my parent's videotapes of my school concerts I finally decided to make something, though. A girl who goes to my school added me on facebook, and we got to talking because she's into the same music as me (A girl who likes Vai?! ). Apparently her boyfriend plays too, and we were all talking about Guthrie Govan when the question comes... "can you sweep?" This one gets to me. Because it means that someone is knowledgeable enough about guitar to appreciate technique, but not knowledgeable enough to see beyond the "shred!" stage of impressive-ness. So either I play tastelessly and impress them or play what I like and they're usually not impressed... Also, sweeping is one of the areas which I'm least confident in. Because I'm not the cleanest or fastest sweep-er in existence. I write complex arpeggio sequences that I can't play (but my friend forces me to play them at speed anyway... ). I think of myself more as a musician than a guitar player anyway. But I put this little improvised session together to show her an example of how I play. So, any comments on my playing, tone, or criticism of how to improve would be appreciated. Just wanted to know what you guys think, because I don't have much around here to gauge how good I am.