How Can I Learn to Read Guitar Music?

I've been playing guitar for about 13 months now and I've found myself at a dead end, I know technique pretty well and key signatures/chords and all that lovely stuff but I still feel like a "below average" guitar player at best, I can find any note on the fret and find most chords but if you put music in front of me it takes about 5 minutes for me to "learn" a 4 beat measure, I've been reading trumpet music for 8 years so I can understand the rhythms, length of notes and stuff but I just can't get my fingers to see a note and play it like I see some guys do, are there any tips you can give me to learn how to read music better? anything will help, thank you


ANSWER

Thirteen months is a very short time. I suspect that you are trying to rush things a bit.

If you want to improve your reading ability, you need to start at the beginning--just like when you learned to read trumpet music. There are no shortcuts.

The book that I use for my students is
Berklee Press A Modern Method for Guitar - Volume 1 (Book/DVD-Rom) Standard
.

This book will take you from the very beginning and teach you to read fluently step by step. All of my students have learned to read very well.

Best Wishes,
Lynne

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