Originally Posted by gitlvr
I'm also trying to play with the other musicians in the group, not alongside them. In other words, trying to play what complements and fits with what they are playing, or what their particular style/approach to the song is.
Exactly! Last night I was at an open mike and a singer/guitar player I know came in. He is a pretty good singer and pretty good guitar player. I don't think he ever learned how to play with the other kids in the sandbox though. He didn't ask the other guys on stage if they knew the song he was going to do. He didn't care. Didn't tell anyone what key the song was in. He just plugged in his guitar, stepped up to the mike and started to play/sing.