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Play and Read Music in the Higher Positions

Much of beginning and intermediate classical guitar music has us firmly anchored down in the first position.  However, eventually, we long to go into those lesser known regions above the 5th fret.

These higher positions can have an air of mystery and uncertainty, like swimming in the deep dark parts of the lake at night.   We fear losing our way and getting lost, finding ourselves in strange places with no familiar landmarks.

But if we want to play the full breadth and wealth of guitar music, we must venture bravely into these realms.  We must find a guide and walk new paths.

This course is your guide to the upper positions, pointing out landmarks, establishing new home bases, and teaching you the skills to survive and thrive in this formerly threatening territory.

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High-altitude notes need not be scary. Music loves to soar.

Watch This Video to Learn About “Reading Music in Higher Positions”.

“Hello Allen, I just want to thank you for your full lessons. In those you are helping us to understand how a piece is composed and the parts that we have to analyze and how to do it.  You are teaching a lot about how to read and play and the most important part: PLAY with the music and ENJOY it.” R. Martinez

In This Course, You’ll Discover:

  • How to find your way above the 5th fret
  • How to name notes all over the guitar
  • How to master upper positions
  • How to shift smoothly and quickly
  • How to read high notes more easily
  • How to be comfortable up high
  • How to find the familiar in new places

With This Course, You’ll Be Able To:

  • Make music on your entire instrument
  • Feel at home all over the neck
  • Memorize new landmarks
  • Name any note quickly and easily
  • Understand how the guitar works
  • Find your way in any key
  • Shift gracefully like a skater on ice

“Yes, you can feel comfortable reading music anywhere on the whole guitar, in any key, without a parachute.”


…You know there are lots of classical guitar sites and teacher videos out there, but none (that I have seen) give such clear and concise explanations of what is going on, what to look for, listen to and feel. It’s a very sensitive and beautiful approach – exactly what the classical guitar is all about.”    B. Hudson

“And maybe it was childish, this old urge to explore for exploring’s sake.” Ransom Riggs, Hollow City

In This Course, You’ll Get:

  • 11 Highly Detailed Video Lessons, plus
  • 18 Play-along Practice Videos in positions 1-9
  • 73 PDF pages of expanded learning materials
  • Specially designed learning tools 
  • Sheet music for practice
  • Multiple angles from which to progress
  • Proven methods to learn new notes
  • Unlimited email support
  • Cheat sheets (for faster memorization)
  • Exciting new adventures in altitude
  • Lifelong access for future reference
“…the way you brought out the patterns, melody and chords was a game changer that I wish I had known years ago. Thankfully, I will never again look at a piece of music the way I used to! Thank you!” T. Ransom
Your videos are great – not too many around with so much clarity. I’m a Senior Lecturer so I appreciate anyone who takes the time to make good clear instructions. Thanks to your videos it has really made me look at drills and technical work with a fresh pair of eyes – and hopefully hands!” J. Washington
Many thanks for your kind words and advice. Good music teachers, in my experience, are rare. You are beyond good. You are excellent. Truly you are a gifted teacher, and I’m thankful for having found you on the internet.” F. Anthony

“Is This Course for Me?”

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If you can read music, at least at a rudimentary level, and want to play music that moves higher on the neck, this is for you.

If you long to view your instrument with familiarity and confidence, reading music in the higher registers will help you get there.

If you crave advancing to the classical guitar’s greatest repertoire, you’ll need to cross the threshold and leave the comfort of the first position.  And this course will show you the path and take you step-by-step through multiple methods of keeping your place, knowing where you are, and playing beautifully anywhere you choose.


Less Than Zero Risk Guarantee

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1.) You go ahead and click the button below and complete the checkout.

2.) Start the course whenever you’re ready. Download and print the materials, and get started with the video tutorials.

3.) If this is not the most in-depth, comprehensive, easy to follow learning experience, I want you to let me know and ask for a full refund.  I want you to be absolutely critical of the entire learning experience.

By working through this course…
  • You will have a better understanding of music and musical processes.
  • You will have new ways of seeing and hearing music.
  • You will feel that you have gotten noticeably better at practicing guitar and learning new music.

And if you don’t get all these benefits, and you’re not completely excited and think this is the best investment you’ve ever made in your music education, I ask that you let me know and request a full refund.

If for any reason you’re not completely convinced of the value and effectiveness of this course, ask for a refund.

  • I’ll immediately return your money (no quivelling, no hassles)…

  • AND you can keep this course

  • AND you can have any other course, even if it’s higher-priced, at no charge (so I can redeem myself).

Of course, you could take advantage of me with this guarantee, but I trust you’ll be honest.
Please hold me (Allen) and this course to the highest standards, purchase with confidence, and let me know how it goes.

Start Reading Music in Higher Positions Today: $39

This course on Reading Music in the Higher Positions costs $39  for lifetime access and all supplementary materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the course videos or access offline?

Currently, videos only stream and cannot be downloaded. You will need internet access to view the videos.

Does this course include the sheet music?

Yes, you get sheet music to download and print, including standard musical notation and guitar TAB. You’ll also find the music separated into small sections for closer study, as well as any other helpful study-aids.

Are TABs included?

Yes, you get both standard musical notation and TABs PDFs to download, save, and print.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you purchase the course, you have lifetime access. You can proceed at your own pace. You can start and stop as you wish, and know that it will always be here.

If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. There is no limit on time, and you can progress at whatever pace is most comfortable for you.

If you need to take a break from the course (to travel, or to focus on other things), you can pick up where you left off.

Move through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as you wish.

How can I tell if this piece is good for my level?

As you watch the video and look and the excerpt above, ask yourself the questions:
“Have I played music using these notes?”
“Do I recognize any of the “shapes in the left hand?”
“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”

Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).

There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.

Can I view this course on my phone or tablet?

Yes, all courses and videos will work just fine on all common devices.

What if I have questions about the course?

If you have any questions on the course, or on any of the lessons within the course, you can leave a comment on any page. (Comments on the website are best, because others can see them as well.)
If you would rather not leave the question as a comment, you can email me directly. I will promptly do my best to answer any questions you have.

What if I buy this course and it's too hard for me?

If you get in over your head, that’s okay. You can return the course and get a refund, or you can keep it and come back to it later.

If you feel overwhelmed, you can also email me for advice or input.

Also, if you feel like it may be too difficult, you may be able to simplify your practice. Focusing on one small aspect (such as the right hand alone) of one small section at a time is very helpful.

What happens next?

If you are ready to purchase this course, you can click the purchase button above or below this text.

After you complete the checkout, you will have access to the course.

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You can login at the top of any page.

Once you are logged in, you can find your courses in the “My Courses” tab at the top of any page.

To begin the course, print your materials and progress through the lessons.

If you ever have technical difficulties or something doesn’t seem to be working correctly, you can contact me and I’ll help as soon as I am able.

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2 Responses to Play and Read Music in the Higher Positions

  1. Gerry Phillipson October 14, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    A truly great course, essential, basic information and ideas and wonderfully well taught. One thought to share if I may: I sometimes find you speak and demonstrate a bit too fast and, inevitably, across subjects I really want to take slowly! Of course, I re-visit those lessons I want to take over again and that is also part of the learning curve. I suppose you allocate a time for each lesson part and are keen not to have the lessons overlong. But a rallentando towards the more important and complicated aspects would be welcome. Very many thanks.

    • Allen October 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Thanks Gerry! Good to know.

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