Is sheet music hard to read?
Learning by ear is how musicians learn traditionally, by emulating sounds they hear either on voice or an instrument. Only later do they learn to put names on the sounds and then learn to read. So don’t worry too much if you haven’t yet learned to read sheet music.
Learning to read sheet music can be hard at first. It’s probably better that you don’t start grappling with learning to read until you are ready for it, since the process also comes with a certain amount of frustration and will take some patience on your part. There’s also a seemingly endless amount of variation and symbols in use. It’s more useful and appropriate to start reading when you have some performing skills already in place…then learning to read sheet music will become easier.
There are many advantages to learning how to read sheet music, for example, the ability to play with a group or to play music written for another instrument on your own instrument. Whether you decide to do it on your own or with a Teacher, once you make up your mind you want to learn how to read music, rest assured with the knowledge that you will do it.