Chords: What to play when you don’t know what to play

A few years back, I had the honor of writing a a three-part article for, a blog run by the music instructional publisher Mel Bay.  “Chords: What to play when you don’t know what to play” is part 1 of a 3 part series about how to accompany other musicians during jams or band situations when you are not soloing.

The other two installments are “How do I know which chord to play?” and “What do I do with these chords besides droning?

I hope you’ll check it out, and perhaps leave a comment if you’ve got something to say about it. (Ideally the comment will be about the content of the article, not my dorky author photo, but do what you gotta.)


Kat Bula, Kristin Allen Zito and Jenna Bean Veatch - photo by Maria Sonevytsky


Here I am, probably playing accompaniment chords, while jamming on klezmer tunes with Kristin Allen Zito, Jenna Bean Veatch, and others not shown. Maria Sonevytsky took this picture at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. Have you ever been to music camp?

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