I've never really had this problem before, mainly because I transpose things all over the place and whatnot so I don't have it, but this one is tricky because no matter how I move it - it still is something I have to focus on. The note pattern is :
D - F - A - D - F - A# - D - F - B - D - F - A# - D - F - A
So you'd go up then come back down.
This is in D standard so I'm working on the 7th fret on the G string as my starting point. Right now, I'm doing it one of two ways : using my index for the D, ring finger for the F stretch, then on the A - middle finger, A# - roll the ring, and B - pinky; this way isn't bad but once I stretch for the A# and B, the index starts to move and slips off here and there and I feel like if I record it, that'll be excess noise. Comfortably at first, I could also do it with my index finger on the 7th fret, and pinky on the 10th fret and then use middle finger for the A, and roll the pinky for the A# and B but this seems to end even worse than both the others so I don't really consider it at all.
#2 : Instead, I have it stacked with instead of stretching across, I'm moving up. Obviously you can either move it up or down but both have the same end result. Playing on the 12th fret of the low D and barring the 10th fret of both G and C isn't bad but I have a problem with that B where I either have to cram my ring finger underneath the middle or pinky depending upon what I use - or I can ditch the C string barr and just stretch with my pinky to the 14th, 15th and 16th frets.
Doing option #2 seems to work out fairly well if I use the pinky finger on the low D and alternate with one finger per fret (index holds 10th, middle for 11th, ring for 12th) but it's still not fluid.
Should I keep practicing with #2 till it becomes second nature to play it that way or would you guys do something different?
Very familiar lick there. What's it from?
Playing it through now, it is a little bit of a finger twister, but I think if you settled on a finger pattern and just metronomed it from slow to fast you'll have it up and running in fairly short order.