Do I need to be able to read music?

You do need to be comfortable with stave notation. If you are a folk player, and more used to working by ear or from tablature, this may seem quite daunting – and you may need to put in some hours in the woodshed. (Actually you might need to come OUT of your woodshed for this bit, and head into your study). But as long as you come along with some basic knowledge and experience of the stave, you would be surprised how quickly you can pick up the rest once you are practising and rehearsing regularly. Ask some of our members who have done just that.