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Performer Guides: Guitar

Use this guide to find resources for music performance, including LC call number browsing ranges for repertoire, books, and journals..

Finding Repertoire:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for guitar music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

M276-M277, Guitar and piano
M292-M293, Duets, two plectral instruments
M294-M295, Duets, with one stringed instrument
M296-M297, Duets, with one wind instrument
M1037.4, Guitar with orchestra (full score)
M1137.4, Guitar with orchestra (piano reduction)

Guitar Bibliographies:

Bibliographies compile lists of materials by topic. The Music Library owns several bibliographies related to guitar music. These volumes can help you to find repertoire by composer, difficulty level, etc.


Books on Guitar:

In addition to the titles listed below, you can browse for books about the guitar in the following call number ranges:

ML419, biographies of instrumentalists
ML1015 .G9, books about the guitar

Looking for Something Specific? Use Library Search!

Excerpts, Etudes, and Method Books:

Etudes and instructional materials are classified in the MT range and housed in the same location as books about music (MLs):

MT580 - General Works:

  • Example: Vladimir Bobri, The Segovia Technique (New York: Macmillan, [1972]), call no. MT580 .B59.

MT582 - Systems and Methods:

  • Example: Darrel Irving, A Fingerboard Foundation for the Classical Guitar (New York: Calliope Music, [1982]), call no. MT582 .I7 F5.

MT585 - Studies and Exercises:

  • Example: Mauro Giuliani, Studies for Guitar, op. 1A, edited by Hans Ritter (New York: Schott, n.d.), call no. MT585 .G53 op.1A bk.1-2.

Online Resources for Guitar:

Guitar Foundation of America - "America's leading classical guitar organization," the GFA publishes Soundboard magazine, holds annual national conferences, and sponsors guitar competitions and educational efforts.

Classical Guitar - "Classical guitar lessons, interviews, news, tips, & more."