if you play alot of dead you can tell that there is a scale that alot of their songs are on. this is my favorite to play because you get the main notes when you play the lead and then you can take it somewhere different each time.
Yeah, the guys I play with, we all like to play that song because you don't play it the same way twice. I like to space out after the last verse, then go back to the "A E" jam and end it with a chorus of "Playin..."
The first time I played Bobby's melody line from China Cat during a Franklin's Tower jam, the guys I was jamming with loved it. I heard David Gans and Merle Saunders do it and I though it sounded cool. Try it sometime. We did it in a jam after the "listen to the music play" line.