Jeff will still answer, I'd like to give my thoughts cause I was where you were. One determined sob who was going to 'get it' no matter what. Reading was what was hurting the most. Practice slowly! Correct every mistake, no matter how often, and do not get mad while doing this! Regarding reading, Jeff's advice is the best period. Follow it. You're determination can actually get in your way. I used to practice til I fell asleep (I was in the army and do endurance sports so I can REALLY push myself). Practice till thinking starts to wane, then do something else. I followed Jeff's advice, after 15 years of reading music on bass (never had the issue with guitar so much, and guess what, my teacher just had me read) and never progressing because of advice I read about, I finally am getting my reading chops up to a decent level. (I can read but I'm after first call) When you want nothing standing in your way, you become the obstacle. Tread gently. I learned music well, and through this I learned to read and play guitar, sax and keyboards. When bass became the focus, and important as hell because my income was becoming dependent on it I started following all kinds of advice. Much of it bogus. I was very determined and should have known better.