I was working on a song today. Learning from tablature. Was having a bit of difficulty getting the repeated riff down. Especially getting it up to speed. I have been a bluegrass banjo player for the past 40 years. It suddenly dawned on me to try something a great banjo player once taught me. Forget about your fretting hand. Play the passage open. Take a measure or two from the song and just concentrate on the picking / plucking pattern. Amazing how fast my speed picked up after I developed the muscle memory in my right hand. Wondering if this is a practice technique that common with bass guitar.