The Shearer Method: Classic Guitar Foundations (Book 1)

One of the best of Shearer’s method books, Classic Guitar Foundations is ideal for beginner and remedial students and represents the first in a series of works that defines the unique Shearer approach. The book includes ample online media— videos/recordings by Thomas Kikta, an online supplement of articles, and delightful musical compositions by Dr. Alan Hirsh, The method starts the student to read and play, following a graduated step-by-step curriculum that supports positive habits for efficient study.


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This innovative method is rooted in a common-sense approach and includes musical offerings in a rich variety of styles, sensitively composed to support technical development. Areas of focus include: optimal hand position, visualization, sympathetic motion, arpeggios, finger alternation, left-hand coordination, and chords. Classic Guitar Foundations includes 63 videos, 74 original solo and duet compositions and arrangements, works by Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani and others, as well as 35 recorded tracks with TNT2 (audio software) available on our Online Media Support page, and the Shearer Online Supplement.

Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór

by Turlough O’Carolan, arr. A. Hirsh

Student-teacher duet to develop p,i,m,a,m,i

Discover why the Guitar Foundation of America has called Aaron Shearer “the most prominent pedagogue of the twentieth century.” A must have to complete the library of any classic or finger-style guitar player!

Classic Guitar Foundations

The Shearer Method Classic Guitar Foundations is one of the best books for beginners--well suited for either private or classroom instruction. Supporting media with videos and TNT audio is available online.

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Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × .75 in


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