I have been playing guitar for about two years. I have never been formally trained in music and all my knowledge is self taught. I know a little about improvising but I would classify myself as a beginner. As far as scales go I know all the basic scales and modes but only in the standard shape/pattern of these scales and I rely upon shifting the same pattern up or down the fretboard to change the tonality rather than changing the shape of the scale.
Should I prioritise learning the scales in all the patterns for better improvisation ability or can I leave that task for later ? I personally feel like it would bolster my arsenal significantly but I wanted to hear your input on it.
I also wanted to know how to make improvisation using scales sound less like robotic scale playing and more like music. I know a little in this regard as well for example when playing the major scale we generally follow the seventh by the eighth because the seventh creates dissonance and tension and the eighth being the tonal centre resolves it. So I suppose I probably need to study arpeggios within the scale and the relation of the notes with the tonal centre to make my playing sound fluid and also improve my sense of rhythm and dynamics to make the music less robotic.