Even though this question is targeted towards those of you who picked up playing at a later age, 20yrs or older, I welcome input from anyone reading this. So I’m currently listening to some Canton Spirituals to get my day started and a thought crossed my mind. A couple of months back I had the opportunity to play along with one of my cousins who's, at least in my eyes, is a wonderful guitarist. He was asked to play at our church for the church's anniversary. Now one of my goals which is also one of the reasons I picked up the guitar was to be able to one day play at my church whether my or my wife's home church or wherever my wife and I settle on as our new church. Unfortunately, I havent been able to receive actual lessons and instead has had to rely on teaching myself for the time being. I know I probably have plenty of bad habits but I figure that’s an even trade off as long as I’m able to keep the concepts fresh so when I get a chance to actually start lessons I’ll still have the chord knowledge and concepts even if I have to relearn actual techniques. However because I lack ear training I chose to set out the opportunity to play. I feel like I know my capabilities and didn’t want to mess anything up haha. Now if any of you know anything about black gospel, you know you pretty much never know where the song is going to go or what key your going to be in. Also I’m more of a practice first player meaning I would want to actually set down and know exactly how the song is going to go before attempting it (especially my first time playing in public.) Now the question I was wanting to ask was have any of you faced the same situation? What did you do? Did you sit out and worked on getting to a level where you felt you were adequate should the chance arise again or did you just jump in feet first not worrying about what mistakes you made or being embarrassed? I feel like the younger you are when you start you’re probably less worried about being embarrassed and messing up and instead just want to play just to play. But when you start at a later age you’re more aware of the consequences bad playing can have especially if its your bad playing lol which deters you more from those opportunities.