Ok here goes,.. So this ex is unashamedly basic, Rock and with a pick Slow tempo: 1) open e played on quarter notes down stoke and even tone and volume Repeat many times and Same on all other open strings (SLOW and EVEN) 2) open e played on eight note Down up down up etc Even tone on all notes and same comments as in 1. Slow even etc 3) same as all of 1 and 2 but accent first beat of each bar and all other beats quieter but even etc 4) same as above but accent 2nd beat etc 5) accent every third beat etc and then 4th beat etc This ensures picking for accents on up and down beats and that basic consistency in tone from right hand is developed Speed from the outset is a secondary issue and the focus remains on execution. Try to extend right hand fingers that are not holding the pick and avoid bumping strings with any part of right hand apart from pick. Right hand relaxed at all times!! Let open notes ring and listen to rhythm and sound Adjust your pick placement and attack until you find a sweet spot that feels comfortable and sounds good to your ear... Be patient and After a while the feel, the beat and the groove starts to kick in Other exercises include Raking all down strokes across all strings or as up strokes, part raking down, up stroke and complete the rake etc etc Muting with the pick on either the down or up stroke Just some basic routines for anyone starting out or for anyone like me that finds it refreshing to go back from time to time and keep building on the basics... Speed them up when it's coming together but always aim for the consistency on tone and control on volumes between accented and non accented notes. Once it's coming together you should be able to stay comfortably on the patterns or variations of them without much effort. At which point we gain some fundamental control over the bass and drummers will want to groove with you because the basics are nice and strong.