1 Ric12string 2 years ago Think back to the days when we were younger -- we were learning to play the guitar, bass, drums, piano, or other instrument and we wanted to improve our skills. Intrinsically, we knew that much of the joy of playing an instrument came from joining forces with someone else and playing together. We could get together with another guitarist and play at school during lunch break or even riding home on the school bus. That is how we learned our chops and refined our skills.Now, as adults, we have moved on from school and have assumed responsibilities with careers, families, mortgages, and the myriad of other things that keep our lives occupied. Some of us have been fortunate enough to have been in bands with others which has most likely served to fill the need to play with, and learn from, others. But, many of us also haven't had that experience. Some of us labor long hours in the solitude of our own home trying to improve our skills. How do you go about filling this need? Do you have someone that you call up and say, "Hey, let's play some music together. I'll be over with my guitar later and we can play."I recently purchased a resonator guitar and I have often thought about how it was that I first learned to play guitar earlier in life. That came from playing with my friends. Now, my friends have their own obligations and commitments and it isn't quite so easy to get together any longer and it made me wish that there were still a network that I could tap into to be able to learn a new instrument.So, how do you do it? Have you a special friend that plays music that you connect with to play? Where do you hone your skills or simply learn them to begin with?