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Beginner/Intermediate Repertoire List

This is a (very incomplete**) list of some of the best repertoire for beginning and early intermediate guitarists. For now, this includes mostly books/collections and etudes.

Methods

Most of you work with methods to start with. I personally use the Mel Bay Classical Guitar Method by Stanley Yates. Why? He was my teacher, and after a lot of discussion in pedagogy class it became very clear to me he knows what’s going on. I’ve also had more success using his method than using others (Parkening, Noad, etc.). My only critique of this method is that it’s not strong on notation reading development and may required some supplementary material.

If you’re looking for sight reading material or something to help you learn to read music, just about any method will work.

Other Methods

  • The Carcassi Method is very good. It takes the approach of many other instrumental methods and progresses by key. All the music relatively good, and great for beginners. There has been some modern translations of the Carcassi method, but if you’re just in it for the music (and not the text), use the free stuff online.
  • Giuliani’s Opus 1 contains many exercises. This is the same work from which the 120 right hand studies are extracted.
  • Aguado’s new method is also a great source of later 19C music. I like Aguado’s music because it’s chromatically surprising and interesting. Even the easy studies. There’s a lot of text, but more music towards the end.
  • The Julio Sagreras Guitar Lessons books are also very popular. I don’t have a ton of personal experience with these, but I do know quite a few teachers who use them.

Repertoire

  • Graded Repertoire for Guitar (books 1 and 2) by Stanley Yates are unique in the modern guitar rep book world: Dr. Yates worked with other publishing companies to include modern music. That’s a great selling point. If you play gigs, these books are sight readable and have attractive music, well worth the cost (even for advanced players).
  • Estudios Sencilos by Leo Brouwer. A great collection of studies that are definitely Brouwer-esque. The linked books contains all 20 (and a bunch more Brouwer guitar works).
  • 25 Etudes Esquisses by Gerald Garcia. A lot like Brouwer, but a bit more out there. Still fun to play and attractive.
  • Carcassi: Etudes, Op. 60. The standard collection of 19C etudes. Please use a facsimile edition, as many modern editions omit or change Carcassi’s expressive markings which are incredibly important
  • Sor: Etudes, Op. 60. Great set of easier etudes.

Those are just a few suggestions. Do you have more? Post them in the comments!

**Will add stuff as I think of it or as it gets suggested.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 August 28

    I am particularly fond of the Garcia Etudes, so kudos for plugging them. I have found a wonderful collection from the French Canadian publishing company Productions d’Oz entitled “La guitare dans tous ses etats” (The Many Faces of the Guitar.) In 6 volumes. I happen to have volumes 3, 4 and 5. It contains selections from their vast modern catalog. Excellent material for students, and great for ‘gigging’ music as well. There are some preludes by Jurg Kindle that really stand out, but there’s a ton there. The link below takes you to their list of collections they offer. This series is at the bottom of the page. You can also buy them as .pdf downloads without the CD which is what I did.

  2. 2010 October 25

    take a look at my website 😉
    http://www.juergkindle.ch

    all the best

    The composer
    Jürg kindle

  3. 2011 June 13

    Carlo Domeniconi has two excellent collections for the student guitar repertory, 24 Klangbilder Edition Margaux and 24 Praludien Edition Ex Tempore.

  4. 2012 February 17
    Martin Shellabarger permalink

    I am wondering if you have any suggestions for beginning exercises for sight reading practice (or good sources on learning to read music) and finger exercises. One teacher I had gave me finger exercises by Segovia (that was over 30 years ago).

    Thank you,

    Martin Shellabarger

  5. 2013 February 17

    I wrote 24 duets in all keys. first position for both players, also playable with guitar and other Instrument.
    http://www.juergkindle.ch/werke_detail.page?we_id=30

    helpful also the systematic structure of the fretboard
    free download here:
    http://www.juergkindle.ch/werke_detail.page?we_id=106

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