Until now, I've tended to copy solos verbatim. Getting to the point where I can do them justice takes forever and is about as enjoyable as root-canal work. I'm now less fussed about getting them identical to the original and more concerned about being able to improvise something reasonably good on the night. I'm finding that my improvised stuff tends to utilise the same patterns - usually pentatonic, and often with an unacceptable number of random bum notes - that I have become quite adept at hiding by incorporating them and making them appear intentional !
I want to get away from trying to copy the style and fingering of umpteen different guitarists and just let fly with what flows from my subconscious.
I don't mind putting the work in. I'd sooner put the hours in practicing something that will improve my overall soloing than spend that time getting one solo spot-on to the original.
What should I be doing with my practice time to achieve this ? Is it just scales ?