Do you have to be good at reading music to be a good guitar player and if so how good do you need to be? I think you can be a good guitar player without being able to read any music, but reading music makes you a better musician because you can speak the language of music. Is it sufficient to read tabs only? I lean towards using tabs and my ear more than the music when learning a new song. Do you have to be good at site reading or is it enough to slowly pick out the notes? I learned to "site read" at a low level of proficiency in the region of the first five frets. I am not effective in frets 6-12. I feel the need to improve this. Do you think improving my skill in frets 6-12 is beneficial? I would like to know your opinion on these questions so I can decide how much effort to put in on it. I would also like to know your experience level and proficiency on the following simple scale. Scale Beginner (You can't play half the songs you want because you have low skill). Armature (Everyone else) Professional (You pay the bills this way) I am an "Armature" with about 7 good years of experience in the past 47.