Hey Sevenstring, I have learned the modes and this was a bit of an 'ah-ha' moment as I am no longer boxed into any specific position or key. But when I practice improvisation with a backing track my leads sound linear and scale based. I do try to vary my rhythms, use slides, bends, etc but it sounds bland and lifeless. I know that primarily I need to practice and build experience. But I don't want squander hours of practice simply getting better at making boring solos, so what should I learn: Other solos I think sound good and incorporate this play into my own? Solo over chord changes / better learn arpeggios? (Even though I like playing death metal) Will it be worth me practicing some more blues? Thanks.