By this i mean, how do you personally get word out that you play *instrument* and if other bands are out there, you are open to play? I dont need to advertise my band, thats not what i am interested...in this thread, at least. I am asking this because I play 6, 7, 8 string guitars and a 6 string bass. I used to be in 2 or 3 bands at one time. But one of those bands turned into a MCR cover band, another turned into a "lets get together every 3 months and pretend we really have it going for us". I left both of those. The one that I am still with, has several problems, but its the only one where i write a majority of the music, and i dont really want to leave it. Right now, though, the band is me, a drummer, and a maybe bassist. We dont practice often at all but we do keep in contact fairly well. So, as you can tell, my "musical career" is pretty much going nowhere at this point. I'm done trying to start bands, because most of the time it doesnt work out. I want to join a band that means business: they have songs written, maybe recorded, or maybe have shows lined up, etc. you know, a band with a real drive to actually be a band, not a bunch of bored kids who have nothing to do over the summer. and maybe their bassist or guitarist quit on them or something. I want to join a band like that. I know they exist, i hear about them all the time; im just not sure where to look, who to get in contact with, or anything like that. can someone help me scope out my options here? Do i even have options, or is it all based on luck?