I'm going learn some theory, and I'm going to learn to read music. I am blessed with relative pitch, I can figure pretty much anything out by ear, on guitar and bass. My band is currently on hiatus due to some legal issues, at one point the band was talking to labels, lawyers were involved, the band broke up, now there are issues with the band name and former members, old material, etc. that have to be resolved. Yes, basically we want the band name badly enough to pay for it We won't be touching any of the old material, but we have to make everything "legal." I'm fairly happy with where my technique is, and I'm bored of learning two or three new songs a day. I've tried this before, but I've gotten overwhelmed and figured that I'd get by ok just playing by ear... my guitar player can play something and I can play a bass line to it. If somebody in the band wants to cover something, I can learn it by ear quickly. My guitar player/singer is in pretty much the same boat, and he dove into theory about a month ago. I always figured that knowing what the rules were would box you in, but it has opened up his playing and composing in just a months time. I kinda feel stupid now, I'm playing the "right" thing, but I don't know WHY. I just thought I'd let you guys know that I'm in for some pain, but hopefully enlightenment lies at the end of this journey! Right now I'm using studybass.com and I just ordered over 100.00 worth of books. If anybody has any suggestions to make this journey easier, please speak up!