Hey Everyone, When I approach a song, I usually look at the chords,and try to play something over them that will compliment the chords, as well as give the song the feel I want. For example let's say my guitarist is playing C Major To G Major, I'd play something like this: C,C,E,G; G,G,B,D. That's just an example, I bassicly play the strong notes in the chord, sometimes I play a half step away from the root of the next chord on the 4th beat, but that's pretty much how I'm playing right now. I am currently taking a music course, yesterday we were doing keys, and it got me thinking. I approach a song by looking at the chords, and seeing what I can play over them to compliment them, by doin this am I focusing in on the trees and not looking at the forest? What I mean is this: A key is based on a certain scale, and chords are composed of the tones in a scale, so when I'm approaching a song, should I try to play with the scale, instead of each individual chord? In other words, should my main focus be the individual chords, or the key? Thanks, Greg P P.S. Also, should I try to play the strong notes of the key I'm in, or the strong notes of each individual chord. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.