Learning the Fingerboard (Shearer Method—Book 3)

One of the best ways to learn the fingerboard is the fixed-position approach in The Shearer Method: Learning the Fingerboard.  Book includes 87 compositions by Dr. Alan Hirsh which are supported with online media—high definition videos and audio performances by Thomas Kikta.  Learning the Fingerboard stands out in continuing the student’s journey to now ascend the neck and develop instant recognition of the notes along the fingerboard, while following a graduated step-by-step curriculum that supports positive habits for efficient study.


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Learning the Fingerboard is organized by fixed positions, beginning with 2nd and ascending to 9th. It begins with an introduction of the 5 fixed-position scale forms which serve to establish a template of keys/scales available in each position. Each scale form is musically applied to duets called inventions with both parts playable by the student (upper part in the higher register, and lower part in the low register).  Only guitaristic keys are the focus in each position and each key includes 3 studies from easy, to medium, to more challenging rhythms.  For a more detailed look at this method, see Beyond the Open Position

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E Major Inventions at 6th Position Sequence

Easy Rhythm

Moderate Rhythm

Harder Rhythm

Learning the Fingerboard includes high-definition videos, 87 inventions, repertoire of the masters with works by Telemann, C.P.E.Bach, Handel and more, all recorded  with TNT2 technology, plus the Shearer Online Supplement and Media Support page (password required).

NEW: A full treatment of Position IX with prep—scales, triads, and scale challenges, plus 14 inventions with audio—is available as a free  48 page.pdf download at the Book III Online Media.

 Sample IX Inventions

For continued fingerboard study into the guitar’s harder keys—E, B, F♯, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, and G♭, also check out Learning the Fingerboard Supplement, Book V

Blues from The Shearer Method: Learning the Fingerboard, Book III

Learning the Fingerboard

This book continues the student’s study of reading music while ascending the neck and developing instant recognition of the notes along the fingerboard. 256 pages.

Additional information

Weight 1.7 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × .75 in


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