Sheet Music & Tab for Classical Guitar

Sheet Music & Tab for Classical Guitar
The sheet music page for classical guitar offers free & premium sheet music and tab editions as downloadable PDFs with videos and lessons when available. I use the RCM Toronto grades (1-10 & ARCT) as an approximate guide to levels. Remember, play pieces from all grades because good music is good music.

Classical Guitar Sheet Music with Videos

Recommended Sheet Music from Other Stores 

These are recommended editions from professional editors and guitarists with links to Amazon or Sheet Music Plus (trusted online stores). Levels are Beginner (B), Intermediate (I), and Advanced (A) or combinations for collections at multiple levels. Also see the Repertoire and Composer Page that links to only posts with video and sheet music.

Recommended Solo Classical Guitar Editions  

Bradford Modern/Contemporary Picks

Recommended Classical Guitar Duets

Technique & Learning

Anthologies & Fun Collections

Bradford Recommends & Teaches With These Books

  • The Bible of Classical Guitar Technique by Hubert Käppel. This book is like Pumping Nylon on steroids. 245 pages of exercises and excellent text advice, photos, explanations, and tons of exercises. This is a huge contribution to the guitar world and I’m only just starting to dive deep into the ideas. Also great practice tips and general musical advice. Highly recommended.
  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity by Ricardo Iznaola – Progressive: from beginner to extreme advanced. Very good technique book and the progressive sections are a great idea to help organize students. Covers technique exercises and also a significant amount of fingerboard knowledge. Beware however, although the book starts out super easy (open strings) but it gets very difficult fast. This is not a criticism but you should know that you will not just zoom through the book.
  • 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. 
  • Charles Duncan’s Modern Method for Guitar Volume 1-3 – The second edition of these books are pretty good and nicely progressive. I use them with students regularly. I have a problem with the pictures though as they don’t show proper alignment. Great books nevertheless and three volumes means they will carry you well into the intermediate stages.
  • Scale Pattern Studies for Guitar by Aaron Shearer– Sight reading skills and 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.
  • A Tutor for the Renaissance Lute (Poulton) – Fantastic! Learn how to read Renaissance lute tablature and the techniques and performance practices that go along with it. Keep in mind that this is an actual lute book so you have to transfer the knowledge to guitar (maybe for more advanced players).
  • The Techniques of Guitar Playing by Seth F. Josel & Ming Tsao – A fantastic book on modern and historical guitar techniques geared towards composers. For advanced students interested in contemporary music. Read my Full Review.

Free Facsimile & Public Domain Sheet Music