(moore, OK, USA)
Is there a proven method for learning where the notes and equivalent notes are on the fretboard and sight read them quickly, especially in the higher positions 5th thru 9th?
Fortunately there is a method but unfortunately, it really needs a bit of "elbow grease" if you know what I mean :))
Most guitar players don't put in the effort to learn the notes of the staff. It's not as easy as learning piano notes as they're all "laid out" in front of you, as it were.
Learning the notes both in a linear fashion (along each string) and each separate fret and practicing that over and over until memorized is the best way.
You can, however, make it more "fun" if you use things like "flash cards". You can get a free set here...
If you also google the term "software for learning guitar fretboard" that'll turn up some interesting alternatives as well.
I hope this was of help.
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Finger and Frets technique
I would really appreciate your input and experience about the "fourth finger" approach. Please click on the following link to see the approach: 4th finger approach
I checked out the PDF you mentioned above. You can be rest assured it's sound advice. In fact, you'll see me using that approach in much of my monthly music in print and on videos (though not always).
If you also notice the name he mentions in the PDF, namely: Anthony Glise, you'll know straight away that the advice is sound and appropriate. In fact, his book, Classical Guitar Pedagogy that Mr Macdonald mentions is one of three books I recommend on my site as a "must" for all classical guitarists. It really is a quality book with "must-know" information.
I hope this has been of help.
I have cut out your cards but they seem back to front. I have probably got it wrong but when stuck together and read it seems more natural for the sting to be the opposite way round.
Yes, there were some mistakes there but I've replaced the cards now and they're more functional. You can get them here...