... at least, those of you who are proponents of playing what you are hearing in your head. My question is this: There would seem to me to be (at least) two different ways of going about this. Both of them work, but I am having trouble combining them and was wondering how you folks went about doing it. One method would be to plan out what you are going to play and where you are going to go beforehand. For instance, in a 12-bar blues song, you can "plan out" how exactly you will walk up to the next chord. Your hear the notes, and then play them accordingly. However, this method doesn't seem to work so well for me in improvisational situations. Since you must constantly listen to what the others are doing, planning ahead is difficult to do. In terms of "playing what you hear", it's more instinctual in this case - you know what you want to do, but you don't have time to hear it in your head - you just play the notes, already knowing what the sound will be and that it will fit. As I said, I use both approaches, but I have some difficulty in combining them, especially in faster tunes, in which I have a tendency to rely on instinct. Just wondering, Ed et al., when you say that you play what you hear in your head, what kind of approach do you take to it? Thanks in advance.