For the most part, it is probably best to pull 3-note patterns from scales; however, sometimes it is interesting to use math to see possibilities. Here, I have put together lots of variations on the classic single-string sixes lick. I arbitrarily chose the fret numbers 5, 7, and 9, but any combination will work. I also used a few “rules” to develop these patterns:
- Must use all three notes.
- Must not repeat notes.
Since these are all single string patterns, they are great for working on the all important rest stroke, a solid technique to help curb string hopping.
And of course, you can string these patterns together across different strings to form longer lines or morph the patterns to fit whatever scale you are working on. Enjoy.