Trusted Advisors: I am in between stages in my playing and trying to figure out what the next step will be. Background: Played a few years as a kind - 16 to 18 years old or so. Did not play well. Mostly did it because I loved the music but had no discipline or focus. Played in a band or 2 but was replaced by better players. Stopped playing - felt bad and turned to the usual - jobs, raising the kids and the rest. One day - more than 30 years later I suddenly decided to get into it again before I got too old! I decided that I would work at it this time and take it as kind of a challange. Bought a new bass. Found a great local to take lessons from. A real pro. He always brought theory into the mix and could identify and show me how to play anything I asked. Tried out for a band - first one said no, the next welcomed me in. I practiced like crazy. Home from work 7pm. Practice till 9 and then dinner. Practice again another hour or so. 3 hour band practice, I would do half an hour before at home. After practice, would play again at home. You get the idea. Ran into an old friend - a good musician. Told him I was playing again. He asked me to come over and jam - he plays keyboards and guitar. He said that I had come a long way and we should play more, and could play out sometime. We put together a trio and have done gigs at restaurants and such for most of last year. I practiced a lot. Felt accepted, but working hard to keep up. SO - around the new year - still in the band. I have been slowing down. Still love it, but do not feel driven. Can go 2 or 3 days without practice. Something that never happened for about 3 years or so. Still want to move on, but wondering about the next step. I always thought that timing was the big challenge. It has really improved. I have done reading on theory. I practice some reading. I know the notes but have to go over them again and again - I cannot just see and play. Anyone recognize where I am and have any advice? I stopped the lessons. There is always stuff online, etc. What I am after is to be able to join in and feel comfortable with new musicians. Some open mikes and some very good blues jams here. You get up and find out on the spot what they will be playing. I am terrified at the idea of being asked to do a solo. Just want to be in the mix. I know that I went on for a long time here. Any thoughts? Questions? Thanks in advance.