I don’t know if anyone else has done this, but I just found something interesting.
We know that if you want to play fast, you have to play fast. The mechanics for shred are different than when playing at slower speed.
We also know that chunking a riff and repeating it at high speed will develop smoothness and accuracy with that chunk.
But what if the chunk is too much? What if the mechanic is foreign to you? What if your picking motions don’t naturally go that way?
You can forward chain the chunk one note at a time.
So… Let’s say you’re trying to chunk a cyclic pattern, but you really only have the first 3 notes on the first string. The string change is new to you, and you cannot manage to get it up to speed to follow through for the next three notes.
You do what you already have down (the first 3 notes) and simply add that one next note on the next string. Just work that as fast as you can until it’s natural. Then add the next note on top of that one the same exact way.
In this manner, by segmenting the chunk at high speed, you can build on what you have and quickly develop the speed to continue along the cyclic pattern until you are competent at all the notes in the pattern and can cycle it at high speed.
I showed this to my wife, and she said it’s forward chaining. She’s right. It works, too.