I was never in the top group of reading 360 in primary school, cause I’m a bit fick innit:
‘Very good Philip, now can you please get back to work, I need those reports done by tomorrow.’
‘Can I have my book back please?’
‘Yeah, its a good read, I like this Lad character’
It also took quite a long time for me to be bothered to understand musical notation, after all, I could play already, so who cares?
In some ways it doesn’t really matter if you can read, but it’s definitely an advantage for passing information on, or understanding what someone else is on about. Its good to know your demi semis (not a type of house) from your 8th note triplets. The best reason for this is to make yourself sound smart when chatting with a group of musicians.
Also, as I mentioned in my last post, youtube is a great source for information, and most of the time they will use notation as a way of passing on the information. From a personal point of view I would find it very difficult to teach unless I had the aid of books and print outs. As a result, I teach sight reading to all beginners, so we’re all on the same page, so to speak.
This could get you started (that isn’t me btw):