I'm currently at a point (after being out of the scene for a few years) where I'm itching to get out gigging. I'm letting all my friends (musician and non) know that I'm available for just about any serious playing situation, paying or not, so I can get my name out there. I'm into Latin, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, rock, funk, blues--anything with soul and feeling. I'm honest about my skills on DB. I've been playing it about 6 months after 17 years on electric. Of all the instruments I've ever played (quite a few) I feel like DB comes most naturally--I can play with good tone and intonation pretty easily, and I'm inspired by the creative possibilities of the instrument. At the same time, I've barely explored thumb position, I've got a long way to go toward arco mastery, and my walking bass skills are not yet top notch. I think I've got a good melodic sense but my technical abilities are not particularly impressive. I worked with a teacher for much of last year but now I'm in the process digesting what I was taught before going back for more. Lately I've been answering classified ads and I'm starting to encounter opportunities that match my ambitions (playing real jazz with serious musicians for $$$, among other things) if not my current skill level. I don't want to sell myself short but I also don't want to get into situations where I'll blow my chances of getting known on the scene. However, I know (from the times I have been lucky enough to play with 1st-rate musicians) that nothing makes you improve quicker than playing with people better than you. I'm not looking to be convinced of any particular course of action, just kinda thinking out loud and wanting to hear others' experiences. Thanks.