thank you for this very long and constructive review.
I absolutely agree that especially the clean parts on Tender didn´t came out as I wanted them to.
Maybe I started the song a bit too fast (we´re around 70 bpm, while the album version is at around 65 as are Steve´s live performances), so the slower parts couldn´t breathe that good. Well, that´s maybe one reason but of course I am always a little bit nervous on stage (since I don´t perform very often in front of an audience, this will hopefully change in the near future).
Concerning my alternate picking:
After I saw this video for the first time, I was surpised how wide the motion of my right hand actually is.
I sometimes spend two hours of my daily practice only focusing on my picking technique, but like you see in the vid, I always have to move my whole arm to get really fast. I would rather only move my wrist like I do when I play slower and mid fast parts but I can practice as long as I want and won´t get that fast.
I admire Steve´s alternate picking - though he doesn´t use it that often he has a - I think very special - technique, which I´ve never seen someone else doing. (Have to start a thread in the playing style and technique forum about this, I think ).
Something I always say- Get a $1000-2000 amp and effects set up before a $1000-2000 guitar.
I think, this really depends on the player. If a guitarist gets more inspired by a beautiful, well crafted guitar (which may cost that much) than an upscale amp, he should get the guitar and buy a cheaper amp (and vice versa).
I use a Line 6 Flextone III modelling amp, which has done a great job over the past five years. But I have to switch to an Axe Fx one day...
Once again, thanks for the review.