When I play live, it's in a band setting at a jam session, so everything is improvised. I would like to be in a cover band too, but my main area I want to excel at is improvisation. All my favourite guitarists improvise solos live and do a fantastic job. So, scales, licks etc. I know the minor pentatonic in all positions, I know how to use the relative minor. I always listen to a lot of music. But lately when listening to music, I've been listening out for cool licks and phrases I can steal. If I find one, I work it out by ear. I'm alright at working things out by ear, I've come on a long way in the last year and a half. Still got a way to go though. Here's the deal. I know my basic scales, I have an okay ear, I have a bunch of licks I like, but my improvisation still sucks. Well, not sucks, but it leaves a lot to be desired. When improvising, I can place the right notes over the chords so it sounds like I know where I am with the music. It generally sounds in place. However, I tend to struggle with what to say when improvising. I know my licks and scales. But I have nothing in my head that I want to say. I'm sure if I heard something in my head, I'll be able to translate it fairly closely to my guitar playing. But there's rarely anything there. When there is, it's awesome and that's when I tend to get compliments on my playing. But when there's not, it feels as though it's notes for notes sake. I try to not over play. I can't play fast anyway so there's no harm in me just blasting through scales mindlessly. I try to leave space in my playing. It's a really annoying wall in my playing that's stopping me from taking my guitar playing to the next step. As soon as I can overcome this, I will be a better guitarist and better musician.