I stumbled upon this older entry from 2014 & I think it would be worthwhile to repost and be very helpful to everyone that is just starting out reading music:
This site that David Letkemann, one of our own members, has made available to us is incredible.The amount of time it took to prepare all this is mind-boggling. There are 2 volumes alone on learning how to read music & so much more. Here is his website just in case the above link doesn't work-
I am very thankful to David Letkemann for all that he has made available to us.
There are easier music arrangements for us to start out on, rhythm exercises & even 2 books of Christmas songs.
He mentions that it is better to say the notes out loud instead of writing them down when learning to read music and even better to play the notes on the guitar as you do so. That tip just makes so much sense, even singing the notes as you play along would help so much. I do know that I need to learn this properly the first time.
If anyone knows of an easy to follow PDF(method?) that shows which finger to use for each note and where the notes are on the guitar fretboard I would be very grateful.