If you have never used a rope halter before, I would suggest trying one out. I like the very soft kind because the horses don't feel it at all when it is laying flat. The stiffer ones can rub hair, etc. even without your action on the other end.
Using a rope halter is a personal choice, but it works well for me and is the choice of many popular natural horsemanship folks. In combination with a 12 foot lead you can teach your horse to do just about anything without lots of extra gear. Invest in a good one, even though they are pricey, they will last.
If you don't have access to high-speed internet, my apologies, but I'll try to do my best to describe how to tie a halter after the video.
The only part of the rope halter that is doubled (besides the tie end), is where it goes over the nose. Use that as your guide. The loop goes on the same side as you, the long tail over the horses head (like a tradiitonal halter). Place the tail through the loop towards you, pull it to a gently tightness (it will loosen up some in the tying process). Pull the tail to the left of the loop, then holding your finger around the tail (near the loop), put the tail back under the loop (going south not north), put the tail back through where your finger is.
Practice, practice, practice, but with the exception of showmanship and practicing for showmanship, I'll never use a flat halter again.