I was originally intrigued with fast licks by Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Alvin Lee, , Jan Akkerman, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. All that changed when I heard John McLaughlin. Then Larry Coryell and Al Di Meola and Frank Zappa. Then the 1970's flurry of fast fusion guitarists like Allan Holdsworth, Jamie Glaser, Charles Icarus Johnson, David Sancious (also a top notch keyboard player to the max), Darryl Steurmer (Jean Luc Ponty, Genesis) and then the 1980's blasted in with Eddie, Steve Vai and a few others but the music was not interesting to me so I didint follow that genre. Now everyone is fast. The fastest guy I have heard is Tiego Della Vega. Then he got knocked off the chair by John Taylor - a simple guitar instructor from Colorado!! That guy has the fastest picking I have ever seen in my life he's not human.