Lately I've been playing a lot of symphonic power metal, along the vein of Amberian Dawn, Epica, Nightwish, etc. I consider myself a fairly fast player, and can keep up with the best of them endurance and technique-wise, but damn . . . those extended 16th note runs locked in with lightning double bass drums for like 6 to 8 measures . . . I thought my fingering hand was in shape!! Pssshh - boy do I have some calesthenics to do. Honestly, first time I've thought of playing with a pick in a long time. You listen to some of these songs and think - gee that's only a five note run, that's easy . . . yeah, right. Just thought I'd voice that. Nothing much I can do besides get out the old metronome again, eh?