For several years now I have been trying to teach myself speed picking. Simply gaining picking speed. I love the Malmsteen Neo-classical style licks. But it's extremely difficult to do. There are problems. One problem is getting the pick to go through the string smoothly at a high rate of speed. The pick tends to get stuck or caught on the string when you are at the upstroke. Never a problem with the downstroke but the upstroke the pick gets caught. And then it seems to me that you have to pick really lightly too. If you are gripping the pick too tightly tension starts to develop in the hand and your dead in the water. It's hard to pick really lightly all the time. If any of you have any experience with speed picking please post your comments. I would upload a file but it keeps saying extension not allowed. What kind of extension does my sound file have to be in?