First of all, I'm not a great player by any means. I play for fun, with the hope of someday doing small gigs with a few people that I've gained as friends. I practice regularly, but find that playing with the guy down the street teaches me more than anything else. In five minutes, I can learn something from him that would take me days to learn on my own. The problem is that he doesn't play much at all (only when he gets lots of beer in him). Playing with other people would be a wonderful thing for me, but there's the problem. I don't trust just anybody around my gear. I have several nice guitars including a vintage hollow body that my uncle left me and I want to keep them safe. I have a really good friend who made a living playing for 15 years or so who is always willing to give me advice on playing, but his skill is so far beyond mine that playing along side him would be impossible. Not to mention he wouldn't. How do you find individuals in your area to play with who are trustworthy and have as much to lose as you do? Especially when you're at a lower skill level than that of those who normally have nice gear?