I see so many people on here get insecure and worked up about this for no reason I can figure when this topic comes up for conversation. From the non-readers, we get comments like "I can still be a great player without reading/I don't need to read to do what I want/xxxx couldn't read and he was fantastic", and so on and so on. All that is legitimate, in a way. I suppose you be a great conversationalist without reading English, and you'd still be missing out on a lot. I really don't get it. If anybody wants to play on their bass without bothering with reading, fine. But why get so burned up about it? EDIT - TBer standupright suggested I post these links in here as they capture what the discussion is all about. They're from post #458 in this epic thread. Happy reading! Live and learn.