Pattern Recognition in Music

  Patterns When learning a new piece, it’s important to first scan the music to get an overall feel for its structure,  a process called pre-reading.  Look for elements like key signature, challenging rhythms and pitches, and musical patterns.  Identifying...

Fingering Essentials

Fingerings Fingerings provide clues to organize both right-and left-hand movements when learning a piece of music. Music may include a sprinkling of  fingerings, too many fingerings, or none at all.  Sometimes a “hard” passage may be made...

One-hand harmonics

Темрява—Temryava (pronounced “tem-ye-vah,” meaning “darkness” in Ukrainian) is an intermediate level piece that features one-hand harmonics. If you’re new to the technique or need to develop better coordination, begin with the R.H. study,...

Tin Whistle

View and download This is an arrangment of two traditional Scottish Tunes—Bottom of the Punch Bowl and My Nanie O (or When Bidden to the Wake) merged into one.   The work is also found in the Shearer Method Book III: Learning the Fingerboard, arranged as a duet and...

Pizzicato and Syncopation

View and download Inventions as in the Shearer Method Books II and III are duets;  both parts are student playable, generally with an upper-register higher part and a lower-register lower part.  They are designed as reading studies in a variety of keys and fixed...