Classical Guitar Books

These are recommendations for classical guitar books. All links go to For books related to sheet music for guitar technique & workbooks see the sheet music section.

Classical Guitar Books – Discussion, Lessons, Info

  • On Competitions: Dealing with Performance Stress by Denis Azabagic
    • via publisher: “advice that relate to guitar performers and their specific ideas concerning competitions and repertoire, but mainly the book focuses on how to deal with the issue of stage fright, self control and how to deliver to the best of your abilities. Self doubt is part of all of us and enclosed are ways to control it, not to eliminate it.”

Classical Guitar Books – History & Modern/Historical Techniques

  • The Guitar in History and Performance
    • History and Performance Practice from 1400 to Today: A University Textbook for the Historical Study of the Classical Guitar. Nice Pictures, diagrams, etc. Highly recommended.

Classical Guitar Books – Biography and Interviews

Music Books – Other Books (Non-Guitar Specific)

  • The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green
    • A must have. At times it might seem fluffy but put the exercises to actual use in practice or lessons and it really does work. It’s all about getting in tune with yourself.
  • Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques by Aaron Williamon
    • “Musical Excellence offers performers, teachers, and researchers, new perspectives and practical guidance for enhancing performance and managing the stress that typically accompanies performance situations. It draws together, for the first time in a single collection, the findings of pioneering initiatives from across the arts and sciences.” (via publishers)