Well, My question is at the end. I want to give you some background first. Dad goes on a mission trip to Jamaica. Takes guitar. The kids love it. Our youth pastor takes note. He asks dad if he would be willing teach the youth of our church how to play guitar. He says sure. Now it is nine months later and 30+ kids have learned how to play the guitar. He has taught them everything he knows. Mainly chords written over the lyrics of songs. Dad's best friend since childhood is also playing/helping him. This person actually taught dad when they were both 15 years old. Now they are 52. His friend bought a Blueridge and dad liked it. So mom calls me up at work asking me to find out more about it. I steer her towards Martin. We buy him a D16-GT (for Christmas). Dad has been hinting that he is reaching the end of what he can teach them. He is doing it for free and is enjoying it and is wanting to continue with it but with a "new" way to teach them style, etc. Since all he has now are the chords above the lyrics, he is trying to "make up" a way to express how to play. Having just my four years of band in HS, I felt dad might benefit from learning how to read music. I bought him a Hal.Leonard Fast Track instruction booklet. I dropped by Friday and gave him the book. He seemed open to the idea until I started to show him how the notes correspond to the staff and how the 1/4, 1/2, and whole notes work. Knowing that the kids will soon loose interest if they are not learning new things, and that dad is searching for a way to further the way he presents new music. I felt that learning to read sheet music is a positive step for dad. But I also know you can't push something on someone who does not want to learn it. It is easy for dad to teach what he knows, but when he may be required to learn something new/practice, he does not feel he needs to do it. I will be getting a bass for Christmas and am thinking about joining the kids for practice, etc. Dad is good at listening to music and finding the right chords to play, but he can't read music. I can read music, but can't play by ear. So while I feel comfortable with sheet music, I think it intimidates him. I do not question his ability/talent, but really wish he would try and learn to read music. Am I wrong to suggest he learn to read music, rather than make up a way to express it? What would you do?