#1
if i want to be in a band so i bother learning how to read music?
#2
In most bands, the ability to read bass clef isn't that needed, unless it's a Jazz band, or something equally formal.

Although you should learn to, there really isn't a reason not to, it's a very important asset to have!
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#4
I think reading has improved my ability so much. Then again, I've only known how to play with sheet music. Never done the whole "I think I'll pick up a bass to look cool, make a FoB cover band" thing.

Knowledge is the only way. otherwise you're generally a poser. MAke sure you know theory too.

Oh, and I suppose if you want to learn a song, buy a songbook and read the notes. You learn rhythms and you can actually play the piece properly, instead of using unreliable tabs.
#5
as long as you are able to count. you can join a band. if you are in a band from poeple that are pro's with music theory... than learn
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#6
just learn to read anyays, it takes no time at all and is easyish
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#8
Learning to read music is not a necessity, but reading tabs is like reading a book written in Spanish translated into English. You are going to get the jist but not the nuances.

I will always be glad I learned to read music--it has opened up a level of understanding and areas of music I would have never encountered otherwise.
#9
well its not hard in the first place. spanish is much more harder than reading music. and you go from the a string to a Bb then a b then a c and flats are a half step down sharps are a half step up.
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#10
It's completely worth it IMO. When we were recording some songs I needed some piano parts, but I don't play piano, so I wrote the sheet and handed it to a pianist I know and there, we have piano! Helped me a great deal to comunicate an idea.
#12
It really depends on your aspiration as a musician, and your mode of operation. It is a really useful tool to have... and can open your doors to a world of contacts if you're a reader. Also, it can help you understand music as it is put in a context for you.

If music is more about having a quick jam with friends, then perhaps its use may not be so apparent and there are more skills which are more vital in any case. But say if you're in a jazz ensemble, it then becomes important.

Luckily for me I spend hours and upon hours slaving away at reading piano music, so I can read (but not particularly fast), and I must admit it has been very useful to me.