I was playing this solo the Malmsteen style for the longest time. Picking every note. Needless to say, it sounded like crap! Well I was in good company cos virtually nobody plays it right, except that man Slash of course. Over the last couple of years though, something strange has been happening. Maturity perhaps. Becoming wise on how to play guitar. Efficiency. Precision. Musicality. I started to realise from pure insight, that this famous iconic solo is probably meant to be played in a rhythmic manner with pull ons and pull offs, with only occasional picks following the rhythm, especially the complex ascending part. I started experimenting just out of curiosity, out of pure musical interest. Its still not easy to precisely hit the notes due to the sheer speed, though it’s not something that cannot be overcome with practice, but I am glad to say I can finally play it properly!! And I have to say, Slash is quite a genius in creating this out of nothing! Me though, I’m not so much happy that I can play it, but the fact that this point could be reached through sheet mental insight!