I was just wondering how many people here on TalkBass think that music theory is a great tool for understanding music but at the end of the day it really doesn't matter. For example, intervals, chords, modes, etc. are all good concepts for you to train your mind but when your playing music, and your in the moment you can throw it all away and let your ear be the judge. I mean if you think about any of the great bass players...how much did any of them actually think about music theory while they were playing? Did they actually think about what arpeggio, or scale tone they were going to play next...or is it more likely that they just used they're ear to find and play notes that most supported/complemented whatever was going on around them. I think a good analogy for this could be found in sports...Like when football players train before they're big game. They do various drills that prepare them for anything that might happen during the game, and while they are doing the drill they're focusing on their every move, watching their feet, etc. But when they get to the game they're not thinking of any of the drills they did previously, they're not focusing on specific movements, they just play. And think that's the same with music theory, it's a tool that trains us so that while we're in the moment we can just play. I'd love to know your guys opinion on theory as well.