and I have knowledge of the scales of the 12 pitches up and down the fretboard. And lets say I memorized intervals, their respective inverses and I know the modes. What does this do for me? How do I use this knowledge to make music? I'm not saying I'm there yet, but I see a lot of lessons and people telling me to learn the scales. Learn the intervals. Make triads. Practice, Practice, Practice. What isn't clear is where these all fit into the process of music making and their relationship to a band setting. Am I missing a key element here? I'm thinking I don't know about the relationship between them and whatever it's related to. Still with me? How do I know what to play when, and how? I know about time (4/4 means 4 beats per measuire, whoopdie doo). Do all songs follow patterns? Do artists stay in modes? That just seems too simple. I know there isn't a cut and dry answer to this, but I feel like there is a question forming and I don't know how to ask it. I'm going to sign up for lessons today so maybe it'll be clear then, but I just want to be ready, yanno? Wasting my time learning stuff (scales) I can learn on my own is going to be a waste of money too, I want to know how to use it.