while I certainly agree that playing, learning, comping licks and phrases from records is fun and very important, (its how most if not all of us started) but at some point down the road, the THEORY as to why those licks work is equally or maybe even more important than the licks themselves. The fretboard is laid out , like a piano, theoretical, don't ignore it and assume it's not important. Even though we are playing stuff from muscle memory, we are playing from positions of theory, even though we may not recognize it. I'm not saying become a theory hound, but do spend some time understanding why it works. We all know E, A and B go together, C,F and G go together, A,D and E go together...etc..so we are playing from theory, regardless. So as we are playing solos' from a record up and down the fretboard, why not go the next step and connect the dots ? As soon as we say..oh it's in " A " we are playing from theory , as little as it may be. We all don't need to be George Benson but it sure would be a lifelong benefit if we were to understand why solos' work and how they cross into redundant chord positions up and down the fretboard. Above I mentioned 3 Chord forms, as a lifelong player and teacher, I can tell you this, knowing one or two scale forms for each of those 3 basic chord shapes will elevate you into another dimension, playing wise. 5 min a day for 2 or 3 months and that will stay with you for your entire life. EX: When we watch a YouTube video of our favorite player playing a solo we want to learn, the very first thing we learn when we see the video, without playing a single note, is what chord shape ( fretboard position ) they START the solo from. Its the reference. While we may say "oh he starts here at the 9th fret) , thats not what THEY are saying. They ( mostly ) will say I am starting from this chord shape position because.... 5 min a day is all, its called perfect practice. Then go spend the next 2 hours playing whatever it is we do ! When we cut down a tree, we grab a Chain Saw. If we just start cutting without rhyme or reason, we more often than not get in trouble , we may get lucky and the tree falls where we want it but thats by shear luck. SHEAR LUCK. BUT, if we just take a brief moment, look at the tree, understand it's tilt or angle, then cut a small wedge, more often than not we can direct the tree to fall where we intend it to go. Not much luck involved.