The progression from listener to experimentalist to basement noodler to semi-competent payer to accomplished player to guitar pro is a struggle all of us who choose to play take in progress-plateau-regress stages with heart stopping epiphanies and gut wrenching failures. It ain't easy going from A to B. Concentrating on the successes instead of the failures is sometimes the only way forward when you are plateauing or regressing. So, here is a thread to celebrate the successes - specifically, the first riff you worked really hard on and finally got it. It may have involved a new technique at the time like hammer-ons or pull-offs or tapping or a strange meter like 7/4... My question to you is: what was that riff? Do you still play it? Do you still get satisfaction from it? It was your first after all. Kinda like your first real kiss.... For me it was Nancy Wilson's finger-picked opening to "Crazy On You". There are pull-offs, triplets, syncopation, hammer-ons, a thumb on the low E's G... I still play this opening section. Sometimes not too well. But the satisfaction of getting it right can help me to tackle other guitar things I need to work on.