This is a short essay I wrote years ago. I'm not sure if the page numbers fit the modified Aaron Shearer book.
Probably the best way to learn the fingerboard is the way other string
players do it. I assume that you can already read well in the first position.
Aaron Shearer's Classic Guitar Technique Vol 2 ( Alfred Pub, this is the old green book) devotes the
second half the book to this topic. The exercises mentioned below, for the
most part, can be found there. Page numbers refer to this book.
1) Learn the first string by reading single string exercises in various
positions. Visualize them first. Page 103-104
2) Play scales on the first string in many keys. Visualize them before
playing by naming finger and note names. When you shift, think from the
last finger put down so that the largest shift is only two frets. Example, an
F scale on the first string. f1, g3, (2 fret shift) a1, Bb2, c4 (2 fret
shift) d1, e3, f4, (and then back down). Page 110,111
3) Play a few pieces that use the the upper positions on the first string. Page 112-114.
4) Repeat proceedure 1-3 on the next string, except practice position studies
combining the first and second string in all positions (positions 3-9 is
usually adequate). Always name finger numbers (visualize) before playing.
(Position studies begin on page 117 and contine thorough rest of the book)
5) When you have learned all six strings using the above proceedure, turn
your attention to playing position studies on all six strings in all
positions. These may be found in Shearer's huge scale book (Alfred).
Always visualize the page first. Another good book is the 2nd (I think)
Berkley Jazz Guitar series book.
Here's visualization exercise for when you have learned all six strings. Take
a position (we'll use 5th position), and name the notes you would play with
fingers 1 and 2, skipping strings. You would name A, D#, G, C#, E, A#, and
back down get the ones you missed A, F, C, G#, D, A#. Now do it with fingers
1 and 3. A, E, G, D, E, B and back down A, F#, C, A, D, B. Do this with 1
and 4 as well. A, F, G etc. Learn to do this exercize rapidly with all
fingers, in all positions, using both sharps and flats. Do this OFF THE
Whatever you do, don't waste your time on some chart method or other such
trick. Remember how difficult it was to learn the first position? It's 10
times more difficult to learn the rest of the guitar fingerboard. You must
learn learn it in a methodical manner just the way the first position was
learned. Combined with an effective repertoire, it can be a rewarding