I have been playing for about 9 months now and have found myself in somewhat of a rut, but not really. Let me try to explain, from the moment I started playing bass I always knew I wanted to master it. Given my love of virtuoso players like Les Claypool and John Myung, I have always sought to emulate them by learning as much complex theory I can as well as doing as many chops exercises necessary to get my playing up to snuff. And so I did (or am rather). I try to learn every mode for every scale I learn and try to learn every scale I can wrap my fingers around. However, doing just these 2 things as well as learning songs has out me in a bit of an unpleasant situation. While I know the one octave fingerings for most patterns of scales most players will use, I can never find a way to connect them to what I play, nor do I know where to find those notes outside of those fingerings. Whenever I jam with my guitar virtuoso friends, I have to pre-plan my fills and interesting patterns way before i do them, which makes me very uneven as a player in jam situations. I also ensure that when I do do them it will always be in the simple fingering pattern, and won't run up down and all around the fret board as I wish to do So, my question to the members of this forum is how can I become more concise, meticulous, meaningful and spontaneous as a player? How can I apply my base knowledge of complex concepts and relatively well-built up chops to actually playing intricate bass lines throughout a chord progression rather then keeping it bottled up for a brief section at the end? Any advice or related exercises would be greatly appreciated!