I used to be able to read well and sight read ok when I was doing it a lot, but an all original band has spoiled me a bit over the last few years. We've all played for a good while now and decided that we would never discuss scales, chords or even keys! It has been a blast and we have gone in directions that we never could have planned. Now I am getting back into filling in for people and the occasional recording session and have noticed that when someone asks for something on a specific beat, I have to kind of thump around and feel it out. I.e. "play that note on a-of-3," and while I know where the "a-of-3" is I have a hard time counting it out now a days. It's like I have to feel where in the groove that specific beat is before I can play it spot on. Anybody else have trouble with this? I play with click tracks very often (2-4x a week) so my rhythm is good and I have been told my pocket is great (a very appreciated comment) by drummers I never expected to get the opportunity to play with, but I just have to feel it out first and that gets frustrating to someone who wants to just be the spot on musician that can play it, no matter what it is (with-in reason of course, ala "play that Wooten solo :scowl:"). I keep meaning to break out the Real Books and just start sight reading again, but I remember everytime how much that can suck solo. Can be great fun with several people, but I get real bored, real frustrated, real quick just by myself especially on bass. So any suggestions? Or am I just becoming the proverbial "old dog"?