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The Missing Method for Guitar, Book 2: Master Note Reading in the 5th Position

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Move beyond the basics of note reading.

Many guitar methods touch on note reading in the open position, but that’s where it ends. This leaves most guitarists having to figure out the rest of the fretboard on their own, which can be tedious, time-consuming, and downright frustrating. But not anymore. 

Develop Competency and Confidence

This second book in the note reading series focuses exclusively on learning to read standard notation in the middle region of the neck. Whether you’ve already been playing guitar for a while or have just completed the first book in the series, Missing Method 2 will help you take your understanding and mastery of the fretboard to new heights. 

Master the 5th Position

Like all Missing Method books, when we say “mastery” we mean it. With clear instructions, examples, ample exercises and practice songs, when you’ve finished the book you’ll know: 
  • How to read notes in the 5th position (Frets 5-8), in every key
  • How to count and read triplet rhythms
  • Tips for memorization
  • How to read in Compound Time
  • How to read  in minor keys, including relative minor, melodic, harmonic, and jazz-melodic minors
  • The Circle of Fifths and how it’s used

Solidify Your Skills

Missing Method books are designed to develop mastery in a particular skill. To that end, in this book you will also:
  • Review open position
  • Solidify your rhythm skills
  • Practice and Play in every key
  • Learn scales in every key while you learn the neck
  • Learn more guitar music theory
  • Know how to hone your sight reading skills
🎵 And of course, you’ll get free access to streaming audio files so you can hear each practice song and exercise.

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 this 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.

Get Started Today

This book works great on its own or in conjunction with any other method book, and it can be used to teach yourself or with an instructor. See what a difference mastering note reading in the 5th position can make in your playing.

Scroll up to order a digital edition, or scroll down for links to order it in paperback or ebook from your favorite online retailer.

What people are saying

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Finally a book that shows you how. This book shows you how to play up the neck with real world teaching.

— Dennis, Amazon Reviewer

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Worthy set of upper position books. Very happy with the ground covered; for students usually left to their own devices in finding useful upper position music to practice.

— Amazon Reviewer

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This is a great series of five books and certainly teaches one and exposes one to the whole fretboard. My playing has already improved. A good buy.

— G B Wells, Amazon Reviewer

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Well worth the money. Very nicely laid out and easy to understand.

— Terry, Amazon Reviewer

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Very helpful and comprehensive.

— Derek, Amazon Reviewer

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Very well written with many song examples to support the lessons.

— MFP, Amazon Reviewer

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The Missing Method for Guitar Book 2: Note Reading in the 5th Position

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Paperback editions are available from popular retailers around the world, including: 

Amazon | | Waterstones  | Better World Books | Barnes & Noble | WHSmith, and more.



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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