Student Resources: Your Music

Recommended books for my classical and flamenco guitar students (scroll to the bottom of the page for the flamenco books).

1) Method
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)

2) Technique
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

Segovia’s Slur Exercises, Trills, and Chromatic Octaves

Pumping Nylon: The Classical Guitarist’s Technique Handbook (Pumping Nylon Series) by Scott Tennant

3) Etudes
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

Matteo Carcassi – 25 Melodic and Progressive Studies, Op. 60: Book/CD Pack (Fretted)

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)

4) Anthologies
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)

The Baroque Guitar (Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology)

The Classical Guitar (Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology)

The Romantic Guitar (Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology)

5) Flamenco
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