Classical Guitar Technique and Exercise Books

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Sheet Music & Tab for Classical Guitar

Here a list and mini review of my favourite classical guitar exercise and technique books. I’ve used all these books while teaching my students both at my private studio and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

My eBooks that include video lessons:

  • 20 Favorite Exercises.  Notation, TAB, fingerings, tips, video lessons: $9.95 – Best Seller.
    • This is my most popular eBook. It has a well-rounded array of exercises arranged in a progressive order to help build a foundation for your playing. The free video lessons should help to make sure you are studying the exercises correctly and with an educational intent.

Recommendations via Amazon:

  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity by Ricardo Iznaola – Progressive: from beginner to extreme advanced.  Simply the best technique book I know of for classical guitar. Covers technique exercises and also a significant amount of fingerboard knowledge. Excellent. Beware however, although the book starts out super easy (open strings) it gets very difficult fast. This is not a criticism but you should know that you will not just zoom through the book.  Highly recommended.
  • Iznaola on Practicing: A Manual for Students – A great but little book on how to practice well. Many students of guitar are not going to read a huge book so this concise little booklet is perfect for getting a grounding in good practice habits and philosophy. It not an exercise book, just text on how to practice.
  • Scale Pattern Studies for Guitar by Aaron Shearer – Sight reading skills and scales..no BS! Nearly 300 pages of scales and sight reading. Learn the scale then learn how to read music using the scale. This connection between reading and scales is very important. Highly recommended.


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