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Learn to read in the crossover positions.

If you've completed Books 1-3 in The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series, then you've already mastered these areas. But what about the space between, those areas where open and 5th, or 5th and 9th positions overlap?

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Learn and Review Every Note from Frets 1-12

Review open, 5th, and 9th positions. Then master 3rd and 7th positions in every key, practicing a variety of rhythms along the way.

Explore Songs and Exercises

Each lesson comes with ample practice exercises and sample songs to cement the knowledge before moving on to the next lesson. Streaming audio files are included so you can hear each exercise and song.

Practice Keys and Scales

With each key you will learn a variety of scales including one and two octaves scales, relative minor, and thirds.
Practice key changes within a song.
Practice reading in minor keys, including relative, melodic, harmonic, and jazz-melodic minors

Develop Confidence

The benefits of learning note reading extend beyond the ability to read sheet music. You'll find that your sight reading skills and understanding of the fretboard will grow too, making you a more confident and competent musician.

Everything You Need

to Master the Crossover Positions

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The Missing Method Difference


The Missing Method books were born out of the need for guitar method books that simply didn't exist. We don't replicate what is already working well. We strive to create something new to help you become a better guitar player.

Step-by-Step Instruction

Each book is designed progressively to take you through each lesson a step at a time. Whether you decide to use our books with an instructor or go it alone, you we've got you covered.


Each Missing Method book is focused on one particular skill or technique, so we can go into depth on each topic. Our books not only make great instructional tools, but they also make handy reference guides to refer back to when you need a refresher.

Ample Practice

When we say mastery, we mean it. Each book features enough exercises and sample songs to offer variety and cement your skills.

Professional Expertise

A BA in Jazz Studies, a Master's Degree in Education, and over 20 years teaching guitar students of all ages means we can stand behind our material 100%.

Personal Touch

We're not a giant corporation, and we don't aspire to be. We're a married couple, doing what we love. When you buy our books, you support a small business. And when you offer suggestions, we listen. Please keep in touch. We want to hear from you.

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The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series, Book 4 Left-Handed Edition

This fourth book in the note reading series focuses on learning to read standard notation by connecting the open position with the fifth position, and then connecting the 5th position with the 9th position, covering every note from fret 1 to fret 12. Missing Method 4 will help you take your understanding and mastery of the fretboard to the next level.

The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series, Left-Handed Edition

Designed for note reading mastery, The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading series works progressively from one string to the next, through every key. Start at open position in book 1 and finish with the highest notes on the guitar in book 5.

Master Note Reading in 3rd and 7th Positions
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