Hi! First of all, I've been playing bass for about a year and I'm about to enter my first band. I would really like to learn to read, listen and understand music so as to go to the next level. My question is: when should I start learning theory? Now before you all say ''the earliest the better'', I would like to state that I feel I'm still really learning my instrument. I can play simple bass lines without too much effort, but I would say that I'm still in the ''beginner'' phase since I still work very hard to learn songs and play them correctly. Considering I practice anywhere between 1 to 3 hours everyday, I don't know if I can fit music theory in addition to all the exercises and songs. Should I wait before I am really at ease with my bass and can play consistently without problem before taking the next step? Thanks very much!