I've been playing just under two years now. #I've learned the scales and chord positions and can "improvise" decent sounding breaks at bluegrass speeds in jam settings.
However, I still struggle with improvising melodic as opposed to licks based breaks. #To use someone else's description my notes sound "appropriate for their setting" but don't have much to do with the song being played usually.
Thus far I have really not spent much focused time learning, but I've been invited to join a local band and I'd really like to devote some time to improving, particularly in the areas of incorporating more melody in my playing, improve my kickoffs and endings and improving my backup beyond a straight rhythm chop.
So, I'm looking for suggestions on instruction materials or learning methods y'all would recommend for learning to play and then later improvise around the melody to songs and generally what approach you would take if your goal was to be able to get 15 songs stage ready by this time next year.