Hi all - I have a very basic question that I can't seem to find the answer to anywhere. I'm pretty shaky on theory and have been trying to learn but it's a struggle. One major (no pun intended) thing that holds me back is: Why do scales matter? I understand HOW to find a scale (pattern for major, minor, etc.) as well as how scales are used to form chords but that's it. Beyond that, all I find is "memorize all of these different scales" but I can't find an explanation why. I might have an easier time diving into memorizing these if I had some idea what the payoff is. Again, I get that it explains how chords are formed but there has to be something more than that. It seems that they are somehow important for solos but, again, I can't find anything specific to explain how exactly they are used. Thanks!