Maybe this question will generate some interest in folks (besides me.)
First of all a confession. I am self taught, have never taken any lessons, and can not read music (at least not for guitar). (I can read tabs, if that counts...)
I have never bothered learning scales of any kind, and dont know pentatonic from dorian. I am sure that I would be a better player if I did learn these fundamentals, but never have because I have relied on my "ear" instead of doing any hard work.
SO - I have been thinking that I need to start learning some of this stuff, and I have visited a few web sites that show scales and progressions and such, like the tabs that show a given scale in a given key. However when I look at this stuff, I think " ok - this is nice, but how is it going to integrate into what I already know? How will it improve my playing? I also dont know what to do with these scales they present. How do you practice them, how do you integrate these scales into your playing? And most of all I guess, how do you make practicing this stuff INTERESTING?
This is kind of embarrassing to admit because I have been playing for a long time, and have had people tell me that I play well, however inside I just feel kinda sick because I dont "really" know how to play. Make any sense?
Oh well I'll shut up now! heheheheh