I just wanted to share this with you all, Im sure most of you have already been there. I had one of those really good lessons last week. After spending the last few lessons working on the cycle of 4ths and playing a ton of different riffs through the cycle and calling out each key as I went, we started working on playing with cord charts. Low and behold, there it was, right in front of me, the cycle of 4ths in some charts. That, combined with working on the cord fingerings for major 7ths, dominant 7ths and minor 7ths, allowed me to come up with my own lines for the charts (very slowly, but it worked). All of the sudden, all of this seemingly unrelated stuff started falling together. It was like the language of music started to make sense. I feel as though my understanding of the instrument doubled in the course of 1 hour. Finally, I can read music (slowly).