Learning the Fingerboard Supplement, Shearer Method Book 5 (eBook)


Learning the Fingerboard Supplement Book 5 is 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.  The material is perfect for students interested in developing sight reading, musicianship and deeper fingerboard awareness.

The book is organized in two parts: Open Position/Position I and Position III.   As in Learning the Fingerboard Book 3, the study of each key begins with rote learning of one of five scale forms in fixed position, which is applied to scale reading and challenge exercises.   When the key is firmly established, the 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 and may be listened to at the Online Supplement (password required) which includes more music, and drills for developing scale form and position recognition.

sample online drill

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

Invention No. 1—easy rhythm

Invention No. 2—moderate rhythm

Invention No. 3—challenging rhythm