Is it more important to you as a bassist in a band situation to A. be able to play by ear on the fly, or B. be able to read music fluently? I've always been curious as to what an advancing bassist would want to strive for. Me personally, I can play by ear pretty well but my reading skills lack since I don't use it enough in my musical life. I know theory and the whole nine but reading is never a requirement for anything I'm involved with. I'm just kind of curious what you guys consider to be more important.