Symmetric Diminished Ex 2 Here we have a colourful sequence that essentially consists of major triads descending in three-fret intervals. I prefer using first and second, then first and third fingers for each descending triad along with sweep picking (alternate or hybrid picking is possible though). Notice that the pattern contains four notes, but the rhythmic grouping is triplets. Symmetric Diminished Ex 3 We start by ascending the scale using a fournotes-per-string pattern. Use first, second and fourth fingers and slide up another semitone with your fourth. The second half moves in b3rd intervals, this time adding a pull- off. We finish with more ‘snakey’ scale lines based around the E shape (CAGED system), which combines picking and legato.