I agree ilovebf.
Since I started learning some proper scales and atm trying to learn note association, I found I can wipe out some songs really fast and my improv has gone through the roof.
My other band member though, he has been "lead" for a while but he has set himself into this idea that he will only and ever play grunge. The stupidest thing he said is "I've never used my pinky finger and never plan on doing. Barre chords are the hardest i do, and i dont use my pinky"
It's rediculous, for a "lead" guitarist, he doesnt even use all his fingers and doesnt even know the name of the chords he plays. And worst of all, he has the ego of "i dont need to know that". He also preached about being "all alternative" then I put on a bit of radiohead and he's like "thats too out there man".
Similar story with an emo band I saw at a party lastnite, except they were also gay.