I started out of course playing for my teacher and then he would record both of us so that added some intensity to the whole thing. Then I played for my horse when we were camping at a horse show (nobody was within earshot except some other horses). I graduated up to practicing for my dog who seems totally fine with it. Then the biggie, I played for my husband a few times and now have a jam session with a few close friends who are also beginners so we can all progress together. We recently had our first performance at a family BBQ and it was well received although all of us were a bucket of nerves we got through it. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are planning a pot luck jamming party later this summer. Baby steps.