I am a relatively new bassist. (Been playing about a year.). I played trumpet in various school bands from 3rd grade all the way through high school. I played guitar a little bit in high school. In the school bands, I learned to read music and became somewhat competent at sight reading treble clef, playing with others, etc., but I didn't really learn much music theory. After my life stabilized with a job and a family, I decided that I wanted to get back into music and that I wanted to do it my way this time -- I wanted to learn theory and try to understand and play music based on theory instead of just reading/memorizing stuff. (I hate memorizing stuff and I wanted to be able to be creative in a non-random fashion.) I chose bass because... I just liked the sound I guess. Also, I wanted to be more involved with rhythm than I was when playing the trumpet. Anyway, I have learned some theory and have been having fun jamming to stuff on YouTube, (amazing how a little theory and a few 10s of hours of practice can make you able to just make stuff up that sounds halfway decent.) I am getting to the point where I feel like I could and should actually play bass in a band. A side note: I used to drink, but I don't anymore and I don't really want to be tempted to start again. I understand that this can be a problem for musicians in bands. It seems like my situation is fairly common for a new bassist that is, say, 15 years old. I'm 34, have a wife and kid, day job (I'm an engineer,) mortgage, etc. I am posting this in the band management forum because it seems to me that finding musicians with compatible goals to play with is a daunting task. Aside from posting an ad on Craigslist, I don't really know where to start. Does anyone have any ideas?