jOnce you get ’em dialed and can perform them with the requisite string muting, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a monster speed picker. Each exercise involves three notes from the A natural minor scale. Practice each pattern on all six strings using different scale tones and scales. Keeping track of the downbeats on odd groupings like “fives” [Ex. 5] and “sevens” [Ex. 7]—both of which I love, because they sound so unpredictable when played in 4/4 time—can be tricky. A metronome will help.