Just looking for a little bit of experienced guidance on how to clean up my playing. A super-quick recent musico-biographical sketch: I've been playing for north of 30 years now ("on and off" would be an understatement). I've always just been a hobbyist - I've never taken it too seriously. It's just been a way for me to relax and enjoy myself. I've gigged a few times, but probably fewer than six. Historically, I've played blues rock and Americana covers. The pandemic led me to picking the guitar back up, after a very long break (about four years without playing). I subscribed to TrueFire in April of last year, and I've been working my way through the Blues Learning Path and the Jazz Learning Path. With both paths, I've completed the first four sections, which focus on rhythm playing, and I'm now moving into developing my lead chops. I've noticed both in my rhythm playing and with my lead playing that I'm a very sloppy player. I miss notes when trying to grab chords, and when playing the lead lines presented in the lessons, my performances are inconsistent. I often miss parts, miss strings with my picking hand, slur notes instead of clearly articulating them in the way they are presented, etc. My approach to the problem has been to slow down and try to focus on getting everything perfect before moving forward. I recognize that I'm likely a poor judge of my own progress, but that progress seems to be moving at an excruciatingly slow pace. I do seem to be getting better, and my playing is getting cleaner, but after several weeks of working on a particular blues lead, for example (a 3 1/2 minute number by Cory Congilio), I still can rarely play it without a single mistake, and I'm still playing it at 80% speed. After 30 years of playing sloppily, I'm really trying to clean up my act, but it is like pulling teeth. So what I'm looking for here is a combination of encouragement to stay the path and maybe some informed suggestions on how to accelerate this process. Am I approaching the problem correctly? Is the slow pace of progress normal? Will it get easier, the longer I work on it? How can I improve more quickly? As always, thanks guys.