There are lots of people who would dearly love to play an instrument. What they may not realize is that even the most experienced musician is not necessarily any good at reading music. Musicians like to use their ears and listen to something to figure out how it goes, so this is probably to be expected.
While it might take less effort and be more comfortable for someone to just listen to a phrase or progression over and over until they figure it out, it can get very difficult very quickly.

Most people who are familiar with the guitar will easily determine the right chord sequence for Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” for instance, but give them a more complicated piece of Flamenco or classical guitar and they will be up all night trying to play along.
You can save a lot of effort, time, and frustration if you are able to sight read. Think of it like words on a brochure. You can process notation in exactly the same way as you do letters and numbers, if you are trained.
Even if you have just started to learn this skill, you will immediately see the benefits. At first you may only be able to get a vague idea of the most basic elements of the song, but as you become more advanced you will be able to take it all in just like you would a book.

This is a great thing to start learning if you are about to take lessons for the first time. The rest of your education will be easier if you have a grounding in notation theory. Sometimes this aspect of learning to play an instrument seems dry and annoying, but it is very important.
Lots of people are useless when it comes to reading music, even some famous rock stars. If you put the effort into learning this skill, you will be able to play anything anyone gives you the notation for.
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