I have read many times the advice to make your practice musical and I'm not really sure what that means. Would love to hear all opinions regarding how to avoid feeling like it's a clerical routine running scales, arpeggios and modes up and down. I practice varying tempo, rhythm, and sometimes with a backing drum beat, but am sure I am missing several creative variations. Another quick question; when practing 2 octave scales, do you repeat the octave note when ascending and descending or rest at the top of the pattern to pick up the extra beat? My teacher pauses, but it seems beneficial to me to play the root on the 1.