At 59, I'm two years into this "journey" thing, pushing myself hard to learn the instrument yet striving to keep it fun too. I may never develop the skills to gig, but fantasizing of being on stage with a live band has made my bucket list even if it's nothing more than strumming some open position cowboy chords. How perfectly honed were your chops before your first gig? Did you execute perfectly; hit every note and chord, nail a wailing solo ala Jimmy Page, nervous? How many years were between that first axe and your first live gig?