I know its a dumb thing to ask, but I'm asking it anyway. Most of my friends who play instruments well don't even know how to read music. The only reason I might learn it is to join jazz band. (Jazz isn't my thing, but I really want to play music within a group) I know music theory is important, but how important is notation? I can improvise pretty well (not great, but not bad) and I can't read any music that's not tab. EDIT: I phrased this wrong. I am planning on learning to read music, I just wanted to know how important it is so I can properly pace myself with learning it. I'm pretty annoyed at the amount of sarcasm/borderline rude comments. I know it was a dumb question/thread, and that I phrased my question wrong, but I get the point. I'm not that much of a newbie.