to make Redis "more like your classic database,"
No no no! Don't do this.
One of the great things about Redis is that it doesn't have the overhead of SQL databases.
I use Redis alongside MySQL to build web applications. Redis is brilliant when you need to store temporary or arbitrary data, serverside, without the overhead of something like MySQL. For us we create Redis keys for users in our applications and then write serialized data into that key. Getting data in and out of that structure is trivial not to mention fast. It's generally always data that doesn't need to be persisted although I believe you can also write to disk if necessary anyhow. I don't want to write an SQL-style query to either read or write data like that. I definitely don't want or need transactions or any of the "safety" features afforded by MySQL for the type of data I'm describing.
Redis is good in its current form and has many, many different use cases. There isn't a right or wrong way to use it except for the fact it's absolutely not a replacement for something like MySQL. Different tools for different jobs.