Don’t give up. The first few scales are the hardest. It’s worth the effort. Play very slowly. I had to, when I first went through it.Yes page 15 and it is a terrible struggle at which point I turn around and don it again. I suspect it will be months and months before I am comfortable enough to move on maybe a lot longer! I try to move on even when some things don’t click because I have a bad habit of sitting on something until I think it’s perfect but if I had take a few extra steps and went back to it it would have come quicker.
IMO, the absolute great guitar method is yet to be written. The Smith book is pretty amazingly good, but it’s not beginner material.Ugh. Didn't mean to stop there! But this thing won't let me move the cursor past the emoji. Anyway. Here's the book, in all its '70s glory. Mine didn't have the dustjacket.
It's a very thorough treatment, and made tons of sense to a total beginner. Well, not total -- I had a couple of years of piano lessons, so I could read music and had some basic notions. But this book really put it all together in a very good, very accessible way. And now I'll have to check out this other book! Never cracked it!
The one I own that makes my head explode is Mark Levine's Jazz Theory. Helps a ton with understanding theory in general, but I often wonder if anyone really approaches playing with the kind of insane overthink that book engenders. It's overwhelming.