Lane - You need to remember that some of the folks on this site can really play a guitar. I play by ear. I can't read a note of music. And really don't care to. So everything I have learned is by watching and listening.
I learned the slow stuff first and as things got quicker I practiced more. Someone above mentioned a program that will slow down passages so you can get each note. That is a place to start. But I have not been one to want to copy anyone - although I'm sure I'm not doing anything that hasn't been done before - but it will give you an insight into how someone else perceives the melody line.
And I'm like you Lane - I'll take my lovely partner over screaming hordes of anything. Nothing like the one I love telling me how beautiful something I'm playing sounds.