Hi Everyone. This is my 1st post, so plz be gentle. I'm back playing bass after a ten year layoff. I'm getting the speed back and my ear is ok, but not great. i'm getting it back though, and that's encouraging. I'm almost totally without sight reading skills now, but I was decent at one time, years ago. I'm practicing sight reading again. Right now I just learn songs that I like to play by ear or from sheet music. I'm not playing in a band situation right now, but I would like too eventually. I like stuff like old Motown, Black Sabbath, Hootie and the Blowfish, Queen, Skynrd, Molly Hatchet, Santana, Sade, Diana Krall, Charlie Daniels, Beatles, Yes, The Who, even Tom Jones etc., and new stuff like most of the 1 hit wonders that are on the radio these days. My goal is to someday play covers in a club/bar situation. Nothing serious, just for fun. If I could make ten bucks for gas, get a few free beers and have some fun, I'd be more than satisified. I have a good day job, and I'm not going to give it up for a music career. I just love to play bass. My question is: how good does a person have to be to fulfill that goal? I know very little music theory, and only a couple scales and chords, but I'm learning more of that from books. I was thinking about getting private lessons from the local music store teacher in the future. Do I need to know tons of theory to play in clubs/bars, or not? The songs I play sound like the song, note for note. Is that all that's needed? I live in a small town and bands are hard to find. When I get better I want to play in a band. Thanks for any help and/or advice.