Update - so i am still hackin' away at the rocksmith. also doing the L&M program which is also teaching me to read music. this may slow me down in some ways, but all i got is time, and the more i know, the better i can play, right? I just finished the 'first and second string notes' lesson. I know BCDEFG with open notes and 1st and 3rd fret and i'm practicing Ode to Joy and Jingle Bells. i can play both while reading the letters i put next to the notes on the paper ('supposed to do so), but i can't do it smooth while just reading the music. that's my practice for the next week. wish me luck and keep practicing out there!