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Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Classical Guitar books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Hal Leonard Classical Guitar Method: A Beginner’s Guide with Step-by-Step Instruction and Over 25 Pieces to Study and Play (Hal Leonard Guitar Method) (2008)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Method). The Hal Leonard Classical Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play classical guitar. This comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner’s guide by renowned classical guitarist and teacher Paul Henry uses the music of the master composers to teach you the basics of the classical style and technique. The accompanying audio features all the pieces in the book for demonstration and play along. Includes pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Giuliani, Carcassi, Bathioli, Aguado, Tarrega, Purcell, and more. Includes all the basics plus info on PIMA technique, two- and three-part music, time signatures, key…
Author(s): Paul Henry

2. 50 Easy Classical Guitar Solos (1998)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked(Music Sales America). The pieces and etudes you need to develop your first classical guitar repertoire. This book and CD package contains delightful repertory of pieces in both standard notation and tab for the beginning or intermediate player. The selections are drawn from all periods of classical guitar literature and have been newly arranged and edited by Jerry Willard. The CD includes full-length performances. Learn pieces by Sor, Carulli, Dowland, Mozart, Tarrega, and many more. #87,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #170 in Opera & Classical Songbooks #90 in Guitar Songbooks #204 in Guitars…
Author(s): Jerry Willard

3. The Classical Guitar Compendium – Classical Masterpieces Arranged For Solo Guitar Bk/CD (2013)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Solo). Bring the world of classical music to guitarists of all levels! This collection features classical guitar technical studies from Sor, Tarrega, Guiliani, Carcassi, and Aguado, as well as presenting fresh guitar arrangements of well-known classical masterpieces. Repertoire compositions are included from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Faure, Massenet, Mozart, Pachelbel, Ravel, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and more. Access to online recorded guitar solo performances by the author is also included. The book includes notes and tablature. The audio is accessed online…
Author(s): Bridget Mermikides

4. Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios (2018)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & RankedClassical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios (2019 Edition). Notation Only with Fingering, String Numbers, and Positions.122 Pages. Includes: Practice Routines, Tips, YouTube Lessons, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Selected Scales (Major, Minor, 3rds, 6ths, Octaves, 10ths), Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Alignment, Stretch, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, Speed and Relaxation, and more. This book focuses on essential exercises for the development of classical guitar technique. All the exercises from the headings of the table of contents progress from easy to advanced…
Author(s): Bradford Werner

5. Big Book of Baroque Guitar Solos: 72 Easy Classical Guitar Pieces in Standard Notation and Tablature, Featuring the Music of Bach, Handel, Purcell, Telemann and Vivaldi (2015)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked72 delightful baroque guitar solos that are easy to play yet sound full and complete. Features the music of only the best of the best of the baroque era: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell, Domenico Scarlatti, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi. #405,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1 in Purcell #33 in Handel #20 in Vivaldi Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Mark Phillips

6. 20 Practice Routines for Classical Guitar: Graded exercises and studies for classical guitar pre-written in a clear and structured progression. (2018)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & RankedEver felt like your practice is going in circles? Do you feel distracted and unfocused in your practice session? Or perhaps you have a tendency to take on material that is too difficult? If so, then this book can help you.Practicing with structure and goals can greatly improve progress and also gives us a feeling of accomplishment. These 20 Practice Routines are designed to give a comprehensive technical workout at all levels of development (beginner/intermediate/advanced). These routines have been used by thousands of guitarists, teachers, and schools around the world and have been revised over an eight year period. In addition to…
Author(s): Dr. Simon Powis

7. Classical Guitar Anthology: Classical Masterpieces Arranged for Solo Guitar (2017)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Solo). Featuring some of the world’s most beautiful classical pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Dvorak, Greig, Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more, this 32-piece collection also includes traditional guitar repertoire by Albeniz and Tarrega. Like the highly acclaimed Classical Guitar Compendium (HL 00116836), it was compiled, arranged and recorded by renowned English classical guitarist Bridget Mermikides. Presented in both standard notation and tablature, with online audio demonstrations included, these masterful arrangements are accessible for guitarists of all levels. #273,372 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Bridget Mermikides, Hal Leonard Corp.

8. The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method – Volume 1: Guitar Technique (1997)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked(Guitar Method). This premier method for the beginning classical guitarist, by one of the world’s pre-eminent virtuosos and the recognized heir to the legacy of Andres Segovia, is now completely revised and updated! Guitarists will learn basic classical technique by playing over 50 beautiful classical pieces, 26 exercises and 14 duets, and through numerous photos and illustrations. The method covers: rudiments of classical technique, note reading and music theory, selection and care of guitars, strategies for effective practicing, and much more! #19,281…
Author(s): Christopher Parkening , Jack Marshall, et al.

9. Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar, Level I-III: Daily Sight Reading Material with Emphasis on Interpretation, Phrasing, Form, and More (1985)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & RankedThis book for the classical guitar has been compiled to improve sight reading, an often neglected aspect of musicianship. With the guitar, musical components (scales, chords, arpeggios, etc.) may often be played in various positions. While this is one of the reasons that the instrument produces such colorful and interesting timbres, it also contributes to the difficulties of sight reading. It is important to develop facility in reading, recognizing the notes, as well as the bar positions in which to play them, the fingerings, the rhythmic…
Author(s): Robert Benedict

10. The Bible of Classical Guitar Technique (2016)

 Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & RankedThis is more than just a book about technique. Hubert Kappel, a worldwide-recognized and successful classical concert guitarist, is one of the most exceptional artists in his field. His reputation as an instrumentalist and a guitar teacher is not disputed. He was the only German among the award winners at the Concorso Internazionale di Interpretazione and since then has played on concert tours across the globe. He has been leading Europe’s most successful guitar class at the Cologne University of Music for some time, started the International…
Author(s): Hubert Kappel

Best Classical Guitar Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Classical Guitar Design

Author(s): Giuseppe Cuzzucoli, Mario Garrone
ID: 2440842, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 15 Mb, Format: pdf

Hermann Hauser , Ramirez , Fleta , Torres , Stradivari Classical Guitar Making

Author(s): coll.
ID: 2845058, Publisher: coll., Year: 2020, Size: 61 Mb, Format: zip

Classical guitar method

Author(s): Bradford Warner
ID: 2523199, Publisher: , Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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