I ordered the book above from Amazon and it arrived late last week. On Tuesday of this week, I finally was able to sit down and crack it open, and boy, what a difference it has made! Several times, I'd had people show me a staff and try to explain the "Every Good Boy Does Fine" and "FACE" but they left out the rather important detail about where those notes are found on the staff. I am embarrassed to admit that I never "got" that the EGBDF are notes ON THE LINES and that the FACE was describing those notes BETWEEN the lines on the staff. Duh. See, it's all in the minute details that people assume you know. I shook my head and laughed out loud when the light went on.
Marc Shonbrun has created a very wonderful book written with simple detail and explanation and I am finally not feeling so lost and confused in learning this language of music. And, it is a language, with it's own words and symbols that you have to take the time to learn in order to understand it. He also includes a CD with examples of different rhythms and such so you can actually hear it and follow along in the book. Brilliant! Each one is done with a snare drum along with a metronome so you can count as well as hear the placement of the notes. There is hope for me yet! I have faced my fear and I am grinning.