I estimate that I spent around 30 hours this week on a single lick. It's from Dream Theater's "Overture 1928", one of my upcoming audition pieces, and it's currently the biggest holdup to playing the whole song at full speed. I realized today that I don't think I'm any faster than I was a week ago. I break down at 90bpm and I need to be at 112bpm.
Once in a while this is a pain in the ass. Things could be worse.
Watch out for the Easter Bunny; he resumes his normal job tomorrow.