1 Aidonithith 2 months ago I’m a guitarist who has been playing for quite a while but only has fundamental music theory. From what I gather (and I could be wrong about this), when really good players solo, they don’t just figure out the key of a song and play in that mode, they will pick their notes on a chord by chord basis (whilst keeping the key in mind). So maybe the key is C, but a G will come up and they think an F# would go well over it so they throw that in there. How do you guys decide if that F# will be a flop or actually sound good? And if you are playing over a progression without explicitly being told the chords, is there a way to decipher that easily while playing over the progression? When I improvise, I try to throw in notes outside the key but unless it’s a jazz track it does not seem to be worth it most of the time as the notes rarely come out better than if I had just stuck to the scale of the key.