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The Missing Method for Guitar, Book 1 Left-Handed Edition: Master Note Reading in the Open Position

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Know your fretboard. Build confidence in your playing. Learn songs faster.

The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series, Book 1 focuses solely on note reading so guitarists at any level, from beginner to advanced, can learn how to read standard notation. It introduces you to everything you need to know in order to understand reading guitar music, even if you’ve never read music before. This easy, step-by-step approach starts with the basics and moves forward until you can read every note in the first position of the fretboard.

Guided Lessons on Your Schedule

Over the past 20 years, Christian J. Triola has taught hundreds of students to play guitar. With a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Jazz Studies), he has used his knowledge and experience to create a focused note reading series that gives you plenty to practice without making you feel overwhelmed or intimidated. And in the end, you’ll be a better musician for it.

Put an end to your note reading fears

✓ Learn to read and play standard guitar notation in open position (Frets 0-4), in every key

✓ Understand the difference between beat and rhythm, and practice with a variety of rhythms

✓ Discover why time is the secret ingredient of being a solid player

✓ Practice and play scales and songs in every key

✓ Explore the basics of guitar music theory

✓ Hone your sight reading skills

✓ Develop mastery with hundreds of practice songs and exercises

★ Hear each exercise with streaming audio files

When you’ve finished, you’ll be a more confident player and a more competent musician. Then, if you’d like to take your skill set further, continue on through the series, learning to read every note in each position of the neck. Each book can be used in conjunction with any other method book, by itself, with a teacher, or on your own.

Why Wait?

Join the guitar players who’ve already started reading standard notation with The Missing Method. 

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As a 'leftie' this is essential reading. There are pieces to learn and, hopefully play. I only took d livery of the two of them on Friday but can see much merit in having done so. I recommend this book to other 'lefiers' out there.

— Devere Wolfe, Amazon Reviewer

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Five stars. Very good.

— Crow, Amazon Reviewer

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Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series Book 1 Left-Handed Edition

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Missing Method books are available in paperback and digital editions at online retailers around the world.



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.


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.


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


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%.

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