I've been pondering joining a band for some time now, but I usually get stalled at deciding whether or not I should spend more time learning to play first. I don't want to go through potential embarrassment of being told that I completely suck.
Is there a particular set of skills that you'd say is required before one considers joining a band? I.e. playing common chords, scales, knowledge of notes of the neck, etc. Is being able to compose new melodies important, or is it possible for a new player to get by for a while with someone else working out the arrangements?
I feel like as a fairly new player I'm not yet up for playing covers (I can usually get the rhythm down, but solos? Forget it.) and yet also not that good at creating my own stuff. Does that mean I'm doomed to play by myself for the foreseeable future?