Learning the Fingerboard Supplement (Guitar Sight Reading)

Learning the Fingerboard Supplement—Book 5 offers guitar sight-reading materials for intermediate or advanced players in a collection of over 60 duets in the guitar’s harder keys—E, B, F♯, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, and G♭major, and G, C, F, B♭, and E♭minor.  Each key area is developed in three rhythmic levels—easy, moderate and more challenging.  The material continues the journey of Book 3, developing musicianship and deeper fingerboard awareness.  Book is available in multiple formats— spiral bound hard copy, e book, or interactive .pdf.


sample online drill
  • Organized in two parts: Open Position/Position I and Position III.  
  • Each key study begins with a fixed-position scale form, which is then applied to scale reading and exercises.   
  • When the key is firmly established, scales are applied to musical Inventions, up to three per key in graded levels of rhythmic difficulty. 
  • All music, by Alan Hirsh, is written in a diversity of styles, from Classical to Folk, to Blues and Ragtime.
  • Full audio support is available at the Online Supplement (password required) which includes more music, as well as drills for developing scale form and position recognition.

For information on Scale Forms, see the article, Scale Pattern Recognition.

Sample Sequence—Inventions 19, 20, & 21 in C minor

Invention No. 1—easy rhythm

Invention No. 2—moderate rhythm

Invention No. 3—challenging rhythm