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8 Best Classical and Flamenco Guitar Method and Theory Books (2024)

Updated: Feb 16


 

Best Classical and Flamenco Guitar Method and Theory Books (2024)


 

As a professional guitarist with over 21 years of teaching experience, I have read everything out there concerning pedagogy and music theory. Here are the 8 Best classical guitar method books, flamenco guitar method books, and music theory books for 2024:


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The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 1

SUMMARY

This premier method for the beginning classical guitarist shows basic classical technique by playing over 50 beautiful classical pieces, 26 exercises, and 14 duets. The method also covers note reading and music theory, selection and care of guitars, strategies for effective practicing, and much more! (Amazon)


AUTHORS

Christopher Parkening (Author, Artist), Jack Marshall (Arranger), David Brandon (Arranger)





 



The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 2

SUMMARY

This book continues where Vol. 1 leaves off. It teaches all notes in the upper position; tone production; tremolo, harmonics, vibrato, pizzicato and slurs; and more. The first half of the book deals primarily with technique, while the second half applies the technique with repertoire pieces. (Amazon)


AUTHORS

Christopher Parkening (Author, Artist), Jack Marshall (Arranger), David Brandon (Arranger)





 



Play Solo Flamenco Guitar with Juan Martin Vol. 1 (English and Spanish Edition) Spiral-bound

SUMMARY

This book, with online audio/video, presents 42 solos, progressively graded in 6 levels from [advanced] beginners to more [intermediate] players. It contains examples of eighteen different palos (rhythmic forms) of flamenco, with a wealth of melodic falsetas and rhythms.


AUTHORS

Juan Martín







 



Play Solo Flamenco Guitar with Juan Martin Volume 2

SUMMARY

Provided are more than 21 solos, progressively graded from grades, 6 to 8, to suit players at [middle] intermediate and more advanced [intermediate] stages, who already have some [flamenco technique experience]. (Amazon)


AUTHOR

Juan Martín








 



Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1 by Frederick Noad

SUMMARY

[Great for beginners, this book shows you] how to progress from simple single-line melodies to mastery of the guitar as a solo instrument. Fully illustrated with diagrams, photographs, and over 200 musical exercises and repertoire selections, this book offers thorough instruction in every phase of classical guitar playing. (Amazon)


AUTHOR

Frederick Noad






 



Solo [Classical] Guitar Playing - Volume 2 by Frederick Noad

SUMMARY

This second volume of the popular classical guitar method features instruction, graded exercises, practice studies, and a survey of the guitar repertoire. Volume 2 develops technique and sight-reading, and includes an advanced repertoire of thirty works. (Amazon)


AUTHOR

Frederick Noad








 



Music Theory for Guitarists Book/Online Audio (Hal Leonard Guitar Method)

SUMMARY

[Straightforward delivery of practical music theory related to the guitar.] [The author] dispels the mysteries of music theory using plain and simple terms and diagrams. The accompanying recordings provide 94 tracks of music examples, scales, modes, chords, ear training, and much more. (Amazon)


AUTHOR

Tom Kolb






 



How to Read Music: For Beginners - A Simple and Effective Guide to Understanding and Reading Music with Ease (Essential Learning Tools for Musicians)

SUMMARY

This is a straightforward and concise guide meant to show [beginners] that learning this valuable and impressive skill can be made simple, easy, and fun for any musician, on any instrument, at any time. It is meant to show that there is a simple process to learning anything, and music reading is no exception. (Amazon)


AUTHOR

Nicholas Carter





 


Additional Method Books

Here is an additional list of popular method books that I also think are good:


FLAMENCO (Alphabetical order)


CLASSICAL (Alphabetical order)


 

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