Hey everybody just seeing if anyone could help me with how to go about looking at the note choices played under a chord progression. The first thing I do is write out all the notes in the scale for the key the piece is in. In this case D so I've got D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D. Then I write out all the notes contained in each chord played. D-F#-A / A-C#-E / and G-B-D. And finally write out the progression including the numbers of the chords. This particular progression starts with I-V-IV-I. Easy as pie line with all quarter notes: D (the root) is played over the I C# (the 3rd) is played with the V B (the 3rd) is played with the IV and finally A (the 5th) is played with the I Then I check what notes are part of chord tones or only part of the scale. Whew. Am I doing this right? Is there a better process? What should I really be focusing on to take away the most from doing this kind of process with different lines? Finding a teacher is in the works but for now thank you for any help/links given. Good day.