So! For a change I'm going to be working this summer and I'll have a scary amount of free time at night, which I figured out I should should put at good use by practicing some good old shredding. Now, I was reading the other day this article: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?ch...1C-14C1-8F9E83414B7F4945&pageNumber=1&catID=2 and it inspired me to try to push myself to a new level every time I play, just to make sure whatever I'm doing is actually not pure rehearsal of the level I already achieved but actually something that will help me to progress. I have the music theory covered, I'm going to try to finish the "Elementary Rudiments of Music" by Barbara Wharram with all the fancy exercises inside, but that's not really going to help me rip. (and my jazz guitar teacher will decapitate me if I put it off any longer) I've been working on the famous Molto Perpetuo tune ( http://www.alloutguitar.com/education/lessons/shred/the_art_of_picking_ii_molto_perpetuo ) for a while and it's been helping me a lot because it's great for alternate picking (in fact now I can barely do downpicks in a row because it feels unnatural) and you can always push the envelope a little bit by setting the metronome higher. I've also been looking into the "Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar" by Troy Stetina and it's pretty good too, although I'm not sure how far that's going to take me. I was wondering if anybody knew of (not necessarily similar) good material I could look into and practice with, in order to push my limits. I'm a huge fan of Michael Romeo and Shawn Lane, and so I wouldn't mind having to deal with sweep picking (which I'll eventually have to master), exotic scales and serious speeds I'd eventually like to sound at least a bit like they do, although I wouldn't want to be a copy. Thanks!