Most  students begin with one of the following books.

  • Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 1. Debbie Cracknell. Oxford University Press.
  • New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children. Sonia Michelson. Mel Bay.
  • Suzuki Guitar School, Vol 1: Guitar Part & CD. Seth Himmelhoch, et al. Alfred Music.

The specific book will be determined at the first lesson. There are others that will be required from time to time.

See also: Solo Recital Options for lists of solo pieces for your recital.


Additional Books

Below are other books that may be needed from time to time depending on the student and path. Always choose the option that includes a CD or audio so that the student can listen at home.

  • ABRSM, Guitar Exam Pieces from 2019 (Grades 1-8)
  • ABRSM, Time Pieces for Guitar (Vol. 1-2)
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 1
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 2
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Going Solo
  • Jennings, J. The Guitarist’s Link to Sight Reading
  • LCM. Classical Guitar Playing (Step 1-2, Grade 1-8)
  • Michelson, S. Easy Classic Guitar Solos for Children
  • Michelson, S. New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children
  • Michelson, S. (Ed.). Young Beginner’s First Repertoire for Classic Guitar
  • RCM. Classical Guitar Repertoire and Etudes (Levels: Preparatory through 8, 2018 Edition)
  • RCM. Classical Guitar Technique (2018 Edition).
  • Trinity. Guitar Exam Pieces (Level: Initial through 8)
  • Suzuki, S. Nurtured by Love
  • Suzuki Guitar School Guitar Part & CD (Volumes 1-8)
  • Yaus, G. 101 Rhythmic Rest Patterns In Unison for Band Bb Trumpet (Baritone T.C.)

Ensemble Books

  • ABRSM, Music Medals Guitar Ensemble Pieces (5 Levels: Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum).
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Time for Two
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Christmas Crackers
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Ensemble Games
  • Essential Elements. Classical Themes for 3+ Guitarists
  • Essential Elements. J.S. Bach for 3+ Guitarists
  • Essential Elements. The Beatles for 3+ Guitarists (Early Int)
  • Essential Elements. The Beatles for 3+ Guitarists (Mid-Int)
  • Essential Elements. Bossa Nova for 3+ Guitarists
  • Essential Elements. Duke Ellington for 3+ Guitarists
  • Essential Elements. Jazz Ballads for 3+ Guitarists
  • Essential Elements. Pop Hits for 3+ Guitarists
  • Salz, S. Suzuki Ensembles for Guitar (Volume 1). Simon Salz.

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