I feel like I need to share my experience in recent weeks with people who might think that theory knowledge of there instrument isn't worth while.
A few weeks ago I felt my playing was in a total rut (Bass playing) Everytimes I gigged, played at home, recorded or what ever I used the same old tricks. Same rhythm's, fills, lines, melodies etc it was driving me crazy couple that with being overlooked for a session (because of the above) it made me pretty depressed.
Anyhow basically i swallowed my pride and booked myself some lessons just to build some confidence mainly and what has resulted is amazing with just a few weeks of lessons and a proper practice schedule my playing has most definately improved. My knowledge is now 10x better of a)the instrument (scales, modes etc b)music theory in general. Im learing to sight read and this has definately been one of the key reasons my playing and composition has improved.I can feel myself getting out of the rut and back on course to being a good player and full of confidence again.
Ok so why share this on here, I just want to encourage all self taught musicians not to be scared, embarressed or too proud to seek some help to further there skill. Learning to sight read isn't a failing! and also doesn't lead to lack of feel or emotion as some suggest!
Anyway thats my little story and I hope my epiphany can help inspire someone else.
over and out!