At this time of ear people often browse local book stores looking for last minute Christmas gifts, and maybe a music-related book is a possibility. You might also be searching for a guitar book to complement your guitar practice, advance your skills, or expand your knowledge? Here are my eight tips for beginner and intermediate guitar books:
Beginner guitar books should:
- Cover multiple styles
- Introduce the basics, not go too in depth
- Describe various techniques without going into advanced details
- Show you how to use some simple theory e.g. counting beats
Advancing on introductory books, intermediate guitar books should also:
- Train your “guitar ears“
- Include oral drills so you can sing as well as play guitar
- Go more in depth into theory behind guitar
- Coach you in sightreading
I’m reluctant to pitch certain books since peoples preferences vary a lot. What works for one person might be too casual a writing style, too anglicised, or not visual enough for another. But for what it’s worth I find Solo Guitar Playing to be an excellent introductory guitar book for beginners, even for those who might not yet know how to read music. I liked it so much I recently bought a fresh copy for myself! If you like that and want to continue learning classical guitar there is an intermediate version by the same author.
What guitar books would you recommend?