I think I can detect my own ambivalence towards reading standard notation in my students. How concerning should I find this? I can read okay for a guitarist. Unless I’m doing something academic, it hasn’t often been terribly useful for me. If I know a student is taking a music class in school or something, I’ll do my best to cross pollinate with that class. But for adults who have full time jobs and kids that really just wanna rock, why beat them over the head with note reading exercises they will potentially dread and/or never use? I’m surprised at how often parents of students can make it harder to promote traditional note reading. In those cases, I often relent pretty quickly to their sentiments. Perhaps that has more to do with the dryness of the traditional note reading repertoire. Ode to Joy and Au Claire De La Lune probably do need a rest. Alfred’s even went to goofy lengths to attempt to remedy this. Go ahead and count how many exercises in Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method (white cover with a guitarist clad in black leather) arbitrarily use the word “Rock” in the title to make note reading seem cool and fun. I hafta grin at the irony that I can’t recall the last rock musician I played with that could actually read notes. I understand standard notation allows for very clear and quick communication between professional players of different instruments...that is a surprisingly rare event in many parts of the musical wilderness. That won’t happen for every student I teach. I want them to still find some joy in making music on the guitar. Maybe I should just increase my persistence like 10% for a while and see how it goes? Do ya’ll have any clever tricks for increasing a students willingness to read standard notation? I’ve got a few good readers, but I think too many of my students are stalling out on the note reading at roughly the 4th string. I’ve started using snare drum exercises to introduce some rhythms for clapping then strumming. Down strokes on 1,2,3,4 and upstrokes on all the “ands.” So far, that seems to alleviate some the monotony of grinding it through all 6 strings.