Just as Troy had the Pop Tarts lick, I had an etude which gave me my first taste of playing guitar at high speeds - specifically when both the picking and fretting hands synchronize together.
This particular etude has become a staple in my private teaching and is used as a milestone to mark and big step forward in my students playing ability.
Not surprisingly, this etude shares some similar qualities to the Pop Tarts lick:
Can be handled with DWPS (no escape mechanisms, though)
Contains an even number of notes per string, when changing strings
Relies on chunked groups to make the mental organization easier
I put together a video which presents the etude:
If you’d like to try it for yourself, you can download the tab here.
What about the rest of you?
What was the first thing you could play that made you feel like you were really playing fast?