Hello everyone, I've been playing bass for a while, but only seriously for 3 years. I've always played by ear, and as a result, I can hear changes pretty easily and know where the root is pretty much all the time. However, this type of playing has resulted in a very "plain" style, at least in my opinion. I play predominantly Gospel bass, which is probably closer to R&B then anything else. I'm currently taking private lessons, and I'm studying music in college, however, the main problem I'm having is applying what I learn in school to my everyday playing. Right now, my ear and theory are in two completely different places, and it's really frustrating. I can hear scales in all the licks that I hear, and when I practice those licks, I can see the scale there, but I have no clue how to create my OWN licks. When I do, they all sound like plain old scales lol. Any advice?