#1
For my scale practice, I memorie the formulas for the scales (eg: 1 3b 5 etc....) and with the circle of 5ths figure them out in all the keys on the fretboard. Is this the normal way to practice scales, because to me, it seems like an impractical way to do things, thanks for the help.
#2
if you have a recorder or some sort, record a chord progression then use the proper scales. if you want to build up speed then do some metronome and scales positions exercises, but if you want to learn how to use scale then record progression and find the proper scales that you can use and play over it. or you can play over tracks that you like after you find out the key and the progression. hope i'm making sense here...