I'd be grateful for some wisdom and advice from the TDPRI hive mind. Once a guy knows a bunch of chords, pentatonic scales, some blues riffs, a dozen time-honored solos, a bunch of strumming pattern and other guitarish knowledge, then what? I've been playing (again) for a year. I know more than I can do, if you know what I mean, but I can take a lead sheet/chord chart and play rhythm along with the band on YouTube for most songs. The problem is making the leap from that to feeling like I can play with others without embarrassing myself. How do I know when I'm ready? Different answer for different people, I guess. How did you know when you were ready? How good were you when you started getting up with others? What do you wish you had known or done before you took the leap? Sorry for the open-ended question but I want to be ready but not wait too long, if you get my meaning. Thanks!!