I've recently graduated from college and started playing guitar again with my spare time with the full intention of playing with others. It's fun, I'm progressing decently, and I'd like nothing better than to find somebody else to play with and liven up my usual routine of sitting in my bedroom for two hours practicing scales.
The problem is, I have never, ever, not once met somebody who's interested in playing an instrument, let alone with another person. I was led to believe by the internet that just playing an instrument in public or moving around different groups of friends and family would magically reveal people that would want to start a garage band or something, but so far nothing. This was a problem in highschool, it was a problem in college, and it's a problem now.
And to be honest, it's really depressing to practice with the understanding that I could learn how to play like Hendrix and still be practicing by myself in my bedroom for potentially the rest of my life. It's gotten to the point that this feeling of loneliness is starting to cut into my drive to practice regularly.
My question is twofold:
Firstly, is it natural to feel lonely when practicing to the point that it starts to make practicing unpleasant?
Secondly, what kind of techniques or tools can I employ to find people to play with if my existing friends, family, and neighbors aren't interested? The questions I can get ahold of on this site just stop at looking for preexisting friends that would want to play with you or hoping to find people through playing publicly. Eight years later and that hasn't worked for me.