I started playng bass two years ago, and the way i started was to listen to songs and then match them note for note. Well a year later, I know a lot of songs, but improvisation is nil. My most pressing problem is that i cannot seem to wrap my mind around the incorporation of scales into my routines. When i practice scales, they do not seem to help me learn anything useful. I wonder if i just don't have the imagination for bass playing or if i'm just not practicing in the right way. I use the root234567octave method of playing scales, but it just doesn't seem to help my solo ability at all. Can somebody, anybody, help me? What the heck am i missing?