Haha, very long post. Well I sort of get what your saying. I've always tried finding melodies so I could solo, but I sucked at it. But I'm getting better with my ear, and its especially easy for me because I play everything in EMaj or EMin because my automatic note when I sing is an E(meaning if I hum a note it will be E automatically). It's definitely getting easier. But see, I've asked my guitar teacher and my friends guitar teacher (very much into theory he is, o.O yoda lol) and they both said it was really more of a jazz thing. And since I'm more of a Rock 'n' Roll/Alternative Rock guy, I don't see how modes would help me. Any comments?