Having just left my band, I realize that I will now have time to get back to actual practicing and self-improvement (as opposed to rehearsing songs, writing new songs). But I'm unsure as to what direction I should take myself in. A little background: I'm 26, and have been a serious player for maybe 7 years now. I am confident in my technique - I can play fingerstyle, pick, slap, tapping, maybe not all totally equally as well, but as a player, my technique is my strongest point. I have a great ear (near-perfect pitch, I have been told, by numerous musicians) and can pick up a tune with ease by listening to it. I can also adjust to most genres, I've never felt restricted in my ability to find a certain sound or groove. Where I seriously lack, however, is in the formal aspect of playing. My theory knowledge is minimal, at best. I've taken a few lessons here and there (bass, vocal, and pure theory) but they never held my interest - thinking back, I remember trying to walk though a simple jazz tune thinking "man I feel like I'm in grade 3 again, and it's embarrassing!". Also, I can't read sheet music to save my life. I know if I could combine my techniques and natural feeling for the instrument with a solid fundamental, my musicianship as a whole would expand monumentally. But where do I direct my energies? Most people I talk to suggest jazz theory and preformance as the way to go. My roommate is an ARCT-level pianist, and I am dreadfully envious of her sight-reading skills and theory comprehension, not to mention her ability to play some of the most beautiful music ever written. I feel like it's always a choice between one camp or another, jazz or classical, as the two "true" ways to gain a greater understanding of music. Thing is, I respect them both equally and want to gain what I can from both of them. On top of that, I feel like there should be a way to incorporate modern approaches and musical styles into more formal methods of teaching. What should I do? I know most teachers are students of one school of music, but I don't want to feel confined in that way. Am I crazy? What do you think?