You will probably think this one daft but I have been confused by this. I have always thought that playing chords was to play the 1-3-5 (eg for majors) in arpeggio. I have never been a great one for playing the chords because I have not been able to see how you can play three notes musically or even make them fit a lot of the time. Would I be right in thinking that playing along is a matter of using the right chord to point you to a scale then playing notes from that scale that fit? For 7s and aug etc, being sure to play that note? Not talking about improv here, just basic playing along. Sometimes I dont see things clearly and its a hindrance, how do you approach chords? Here's the prob. Playing now with a bunch of people, of mixed ability, who have decided that that cheesy old thing San Fran Blues should be on the playlist. I am so sick of this song, I learned it on guitar aged about ten and thought it was the coolest thing ever. (Mind, I used to like the Barren Knights at one time). I cant think of much to do in this number except go along with the chord tones and then make a solo like a kazoo, which is only difficult cos I have to work to stop it sounding like my usual signature tone of a duck call. What do you play when you see eg a bar with the chord D maj above it?