I was thinking about this earlier and I realised that if you want to break out of patterns, here's a thought:
Continue with the cycle of fifths (or fourths), but insist that you never move to an adjacent string.
I used to practice major chords around this cycle using CAGED shapes, which becomes very predictable. But if, instead, you insist that the root note must skip a string each time, you get:
C (root on E string)
G (root on D string)
D (root B)
A (root A)
E (root G)
which is a lot more interesting.
I think I understand this instead of dwell on one note on all the strings do a different note on every other string... :) I'll give it a go :)
Originally Posted by JonnyScaramanga