For Christmas this year my wife got me an all-expense paid trip to Nashville (I had to do the driving though) and a 1 hour private masterclass with the one and only Billy Sheehan. He does them every once in awhile at Lane Music outside of Nashville. My session was Saturday - my wife and I drove from New Orleans to Nashville Thursday night then back home Sunday. It was an absolutely incredible experience. I probably fanboyed a little too much, but hey, how often does one get to meet and spend time with their childhood idol? Billy is a great guy and a wonderful human being. I can't stress this enough. He was humble, warm, and genuine. He made me feel comfortable right away, answered all of my questions, signed a few things and I learned an absolute ton. In the space of a little over an hour, we discussed three finger plucking and tapping techniques, finger economy of motion, multiple playing exercises, bass set up, stage presence, finger strength and dexterity, influences, songs and practice, left hand tapping, note even-ness, reverse tapping, moving up and down the strings (right hand), fret noise .. and more! He looked at my playing and gave me several observations that I put to immediate use (had to do with bunching up the fingers on my left hand at certain points, vibrato, and my light playing touch). There was more that I am forgetting about, but luckily the session was videoed. He also answered all of my questions and peppered the session with stories and anecdotes. Finally, I got to play his pink Yamaha and The Wife. I didn't get any phone pics, but I'll post some when they send some to me. All in all it was a great experience, and I am hoping to do another one down the road. I would highly recommend it. Oh, and plus it was pretty awesome when i got multiple compliments from Billy!