Watch the Slippery Thirds online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 50 Eclectic Blues Licks You MUST Know
Melodic sequencing is a great way to get the fingerboard together as well as providing some strong musical ideas, they also give the soloist some time to think.
This one takes us through the diatonic thirds in A mixolydian with a few cool little slides and articulations. A cool way to practice patterns (or anything else for that matter) is with a metronome. The metronome will really firm up your time and technique so you'll have the lick when needed.