I love Mr Fastfingers! I used to watch the videos daily. Now that I’m a member of CTC, I have solely been working on technique. In fact, my beginner students are being taught what I learn here. I believe that technique and mechanics are essential for today’s guitarists. I don’t know if I will ever reach Yngwie style levels, but I still endeavor to have great technique and mechanics. I believe one day very soon I will wake up and things will be different in my playing. More ease, speed and accuracy. When that happens, I will move into a more creative mode of playing. I think what I did was go back to the drawing board in my playing. I’m not really doing anything about playing in bands or live right now. I’m more in a woodshedding mode. In a way, the passion I used to have has long since gone. Not that I don’t love playing guitar anymore. I’m more into building strength, stamina, knowledge, etc. It’s hard to feel excited about exercises. Kinda like working out at the gym. You hate it, but you know in the end it will pay off. I already know how to record songs from my computer. I’ve played in front of thousands. But I’m in a season of going to the next level in so many ways. And not just on the guitar. I’m researching about financial independence, mental well being, being at peace and being grateful for what I have and not worrying about what I don’t have, repairing relationships and make the ones I do have even stronger. So many things! I’m keeping my mind focused on becoming stronger and better. Guitar has always been important to me, but my reason for being a guitar player was self-serving. I’ve changed that train of thought. I’ve always wanted people to like my guitar playing, but it was so my ego would be fed. Now, I want people to receive enjoyment from my guitar playing because this world is so full of evil. I want people to leave a show feeling good and that they were a part of something special. For example, I once went to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert and Paul Rogers came out and sang a few tunes with them. I was shocked and so in awe. His voice was so incredible that I began to weep. That is how I want people to feel. It was such a powerful moment in my life. I have never forgotten the chills, the tears and the awesome power that came out of him. There is a responsibility that one would have in that kind of power. I heard him once say that he had long since given up drinking and partying in order to maintain that kind of voice. It was more important for him to serve his audience and deliver a great performance than to indulge in self-gratification. Much respect for him!