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.
Watch This Video to Learn About “Reading Music in Higher Positions”.
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.”
“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
“Is This Course for Me?”
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
Here’s How It Works:
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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- Access to every course on CGS.
- A step-by-step technique program.
- Access to a massive library of play-along skill-building videos.
- One-on-one feedback and support included.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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Sight-Reading Practice Videos in Positions 1-9
Practice Sight-Reading in the 1st Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 2nd Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 3rd Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 4th Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 5th Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 6th Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 7th Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 8th Position
Practice Sight-Reading in the 9th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 1st Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 2nd Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 3rd Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 4th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 5th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 6th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 7th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 8th Position
- Practice Sight-Reading in the 9th Position