Many poor readers erroneously believe that printing the note names on their music will help them to read the music easier. This is a misunderstanding of how you will read music. Music moves too quickly in time to identify all the notes as you play. Instead of seeing single notes, you need to see patterns of notes. One important source of this pattern knowledge comes from understanding musical rudiments, such as intervals (steps, skips, and repeats between notes), key signatures, harmony (chord recognition), melodic direction (does the melody go up or down?), dynamics (loud or soft), and rhythm. When you print out all the notes, you may skip these important ideas especially rhythm and note direction. This leads to poor results. To read music fluidly you will need to address these knowledge deficiencies.
If you would like some help in this area, call me.
Revised August 2022
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.