Please indulge me for a moment and as best you can answer this question if you will. It will probably require a bit of paying attention to some inner processes we don't normally take notice of. The setup: I’ve been wood shedding a bit more than usual lately and I’ve created some chord changes for arpeggio and scale practice in Band In A Box. This means that I’m getting a visual cue from BIAB as to the upcoming chord. I began thinking that this is not a particularly ‘realistic’ way that things work on the bandstand for most of us. Most of us who play blues, country and rock don’t use charts to provide a visual cue of the changes. So I got to wondering how I cue myself regarding upcoming changes when I'm gigging or jamming and I realize it’s in large part auditory. Using my inner voice I tell myself the next change that’s coming. There’s a visual aspect as well of course but I think that the auditory cue is the primary way I keep track of a song. My inner voice isn’t loud. It’s quite subtle but I’m certain that it’s the key part of the process. I think it’s very likely that a song that you know extremely well may not require that sort of 'inner voice' cueing but what about a song that gets called at a jam for example that you don’t know or that you do know but it’s called in a different key than you normally play it in. How do you inform yourself of the chord changes? Do you do it mainly with your inner voice or strictly using visual cues? The question: So I invite you to take a moment to really check in with yourself to determine if you use your inner voice (along with visualization) or are you doing it in another way? NOTE: Most people will be tempted to use the word 'thinking' as a sort of catch-all term but it's very unspecific and vague. For the most part people don't notice whether they're thinking visually (pictures, movies) or auditorily (sounds,words). It's all just lumped together as 'thinking'. For my purposes we need to be much more specific. What I would like to know specifically is when you are thinking about the chord changes as you are playing are you thinking in words (inner voice) or pictures (visualization) or some combination of the two. Please be as specific as you can. Thanks. The purpose: The reason I'm asking you guys this is I'm considering designing a practice methodology based on how musicians actually process music in real time on the bandstand when there aren't external visual cues like charts. Thanks for indulging me.