I have been playing for about 5 years and am in this terrible loop of trying everything (and often nothing), not getting any better, and becoming frustrated which leads to not want to practice which leads to no improvement which leads to not want to practice and it just snowballs. I have tried scales, (trying to) memorizing the fretboard, playing with a metronome, playing without a metronome, you tube lessons, real lessons, and I have more books than the library (wanna buy some?)
I'm sure I'm not the first to feel this frustration. I want to learn to play but my head and fingers are not on the same page!
I know there's no magic formula but what worked for you??? I love to play but it may be added to my list of things that I gave up on.