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The Aaron Shearer Foundation

This foundation led by Classic Guitar industry leaders who studied or were colleauges of Aaron Shearer is dedicated to continuing his legacy and advancing the development of pedagogy for the Classic Guitar in the United States and throughout the world. Stay in touch with this web site as new publications, symposiums, online training and scholarship opportunities are annouced and implemented. Please feel free to contact us for more information.



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Aaron Shearer was one of the most widely recognized and respected Classic Guitar teachers in America. He had been director of the guitar program at Peabody Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts and towards the end of his life was adjunct professor of Classic Guitar at Duquesne University. Dr. Shearer had lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and had received numerous citations for his contributions to guitar pedagogy. Dr. Shearer also became the first classic guitar teacher to be cited for exceptional leadership and merit by the American String Teachers Association and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University. He was cited as the most prominent pedagogue of the twentieth century by the Guitar Foundation of America.

In his lifetime, he published numerous books and articles including a six book series entitled Classic Guitar Technique which included two volumes with three supplements and a guitar note speller. This benchmark series was originally published in 1959 by Franco Columbo, which ultimately became part of Warner Brothers and is now printed by Alfred Music. In 1992, Dr. Shearer published under Mel Bay Publications a three part book entitled Learning the Classic Guitar. Around the turn of the century, Dr Shearer began to experiment with alternative ways of supporting the guitar while still maintaining muscular alignment and full access to the instrument. His creation of the Shearer Strap has given guitarists freedom from the constraints of the footstool. In the early part of 2008, prior to his passing, Aaron Shearer finished his magnum opus “The Shearer Method” a comprehensive treatise that covers his entire approach to teaching and learning the Classic Guitar. This work is detailed not only with illustrations and examples but with insightful DVD presentations on hand movement and preparation. This work is slated to be published in late 2010.

His body of work was revolutionary and his unwavering commitment to excellence earned him the moniker “The Wall” by some of his students. More accurately he has been called “The Father of the American Classic Guitar” and is credited with being “the most prominent pedagogue of the twentieth century”. His wisdom and insight are sorely missed, but his work and legacy will live on through this foundation and all the lives he has touched.


Aaron Shearer is one of the most widely recognized and respected classic guitar teachers in America. He has been director of the guitar program at Peabody Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently adjunct professor of classical guitar at Duquesne University. Mr. Shearer has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and he has received numerous citations for his contributions to guitar pedagogy. Mr. Shearer also became the first classic guitar teacher to be cited for exceptional leadership and merit by the American String Teachers Association and received an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University. He was cited as the most prominent pedagogue of the twentieth century by the Guitar Foundation of America. Recently he has finished developing his latest innovation, The Shearer Classic Guitar Strap, that will be made available for purchase at major music stores and this website.
Aaron Shearer


 

Just Arrived, The Shearer Classic Guitar Strap!

The Shearer Classic Guitar Strap is an innovative solution to the widespread problems of holding the Classic Guitar in the traditional manner. Developed by world renowned Classic Guitar Teacher Aaron Shearer, this device promotes back and shoulder alignment, avoids lower back pain associated with the elevated left thigh and provides maximum freedom for both hands in playing the guitar. Attaching the strap to the Classic Guitar, as shown in the enclosed "Guitar Positioning Booklet", produces equal comfort and security when performing while both standing or sitting.

Finally freedom for the Classic Guitarist! 

 


 
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