I don't think this has been asked in this way before. We've all seen the arguments as to why, and how one should get with standard notation, but why do any of you think it's much more difficult than tab?? I may be looking at this the wrong way since I do read but, IMO, standard is almost as simple as tab, it just has all the info you need worked into it as well. As a matter of fact, standard notation can really be help when visually studying the relationship of the notes one to another as one might do when learning scales and modes. Now, I'm absolutely NO technician when it comes to theory - I really didn't get that much in school - rather, I was taught to read so my level of understanding grows from this approach. I like it when I can look at a piece of music and sing the part based on the notes given rather than the position on the fretboard. Much more satisfactory than simply learning the patterns. I sure can tell which compositions I should stay away from So, what is it about standard that you find so intimidating??