Recommended books for my classical and flamenco guitar students (scroll to the bottom of the page for the flamenco books).
For my beginning students, or students transitioning from tablature to notation, we’ll start with the Sagreras Method:
Mel Bay Julio S. Sagreras Guitar Lessons: Books 1-3 (English and Spanish Edition)
After a month or two of lessons, we’ll want to work on developing your technical skills. These three books are standards in every classical guitarist’s library. Get them and learn to love them!
Segovia’s Diatonic Major and Minor Scales
Eventually we’ll want to add some etudes. (An etude is the Italian word for a “study” or a “lesson,” which is a composition that focuses on a certain technique. However, an etude can also be a beautiful piece of music!) I introduce my students to etudes by Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani, Aguado, and Brouwer.
Fernando Sor: Andres Segovia – 20 Studies for the Guitar: Book/CD Pack
Etudes Simples (Estudios Sencllos) by Leo Brouwer (1-20) (1-5;6-10; 11-15; 16-20)
Etudes Simples Nos 1-5 for Guitar (First Series) Volume 1 (Spanish and French Edition)
Anthologies (collections) are terrific sources for getting a large amount of music at your fingertips to explore and practice sight-reading. You can’t go wrong with the Noad Anthologies. The material is graded from easy to difficult and each anthology includes historical background on the style period and composers, techniques, and ornamentation. Plus you get a ton of music for your dollar.
The Renaissance Guitar (The Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology)
For my beginning flamenco guitar students, these two books will get us started.
First Lessons Flamenco Guitar
Juan Martín’s El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra