Mainly as a challenge to self. I got a book on How to Read Music and found it heavy going as I struggled with the concepts and names of notes. The book, probably correctly, advised not moving on by chapter 2 until I fully understand everything in chapters 1 and 2. I read, re-read and re-read again chapters 1 and 2 and still struggling. What I need is a 'leg up' to explain what I am missing. There is a Music School in town, probably mainly used by children, that might be able to help. I will call in and talk to them later this week. When I started playing bass, I was lost. I literally could not do anything with it apart from tune it. A local music teacher called to my house every two weeks for a couple of months and he got me going. He helped me to understand what a bass does in a band context and gave me the lowdown on what notes to play etc. I will never be a great bass player but I can get by and I hope the music lessons will have the same impact.
My reason for learning to read notation is like the reasons mountain climbers give for scaling mountains - because it is there!
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]