Guitar books
Best Books for Guitarists: Top 20

Here are 20 books that will benefit any student of the guitar. The only books included are books I’ve used both as a student and a teacher. The material gets more advanced as you go down each list. This collection may be brief, but any of these books would be a valuable addition to your guitar/music library. Several of these authors have written other books that are worth exploring for further study.

  • A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar – Composite (Books 1, 2, 3) by Charles Duncan
  • Aaron Shearer Classic Guitar Technique Volumes 1, 2
  • Frederick Noad Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1, 2
  • Twenty Five Etudes for Guitar Op. 60 by Mateo Carcassi
  • Twenty Five Studies for the Guitar by Fernando Sor edited by Andres Segovia
  • Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant
  • A Modern Method For Guitar Volumes 1, 2, 3 by William Levitt
  • Patterns Scales and Modes for Jazz Guitar by Arnie Berle
  • 101 Must-Know Jazz Licks: A Quick Easy Reference for All Guitarists by Wolf Marshall
  • The Real Book 6th edition published by Hal Leonard
  • Chord Chemistry by Ted Greene
  • The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick
  • Linear Expressions by Pat Martino
  • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book and 2 CDs)
  • The Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player by Ralph Denyer
  • The Complete Guitarist by Richard Chapman
  • Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo
  • Jazz Improvisation by David Baker
  • The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook for C Instruments