For recording and getting a sound that you like I found it most helpful to do the following:
Take a version of an easy song like Moring Dew that you really like and play rythmn with that track while you record yourself. This will help you create a verison of the song that actually sounds close to the orginal. Then practice playing lead over that with the modes that are listed with the corresponding song that are in the forums here.
For scales and modes I really like jguitar:
http://www.jguitar.com/scale?root=D&sca ... tes=sharps
I also agree and do with most everything that has been posted already. Running through your scales is really good practice. Jerry used to run through his scales while drinking coffee and smoking in the morning. I have printed out all the major modes from the aforementioned site in all the keys and (when I have the time) run through all of them before playing, especially Mixolydian, helps a lot.
"Everybody can dance if they want to, that means everybody...That means you all can dance if you want to, in fact its nicer, there's no point in watching us, we don't do anything we don't normally do." Jerry 01/17/68