Rafael Marin – flamenco guitar method (1902)
31mb (255 pages)
Is this the earliest known flamenco guitar method? I think so. The word on the street is that Ramon Montoya learned a thing or two from this book. Rafael Marin had studied with the great classical guitar master Francisco Tarrega. An interesting thing is that five note tremolo has been credited to Ramon Montoya but this book provides evidence that this technique was used before he made a name for himself as a flamenco master and pioneer. Give credit where credit is due I say.
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Rafael Marín, the guitarist and theorist who never was (or so some wished)
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Guitar without a master (1859)
3.8mb (70 pages)
This is what guitar instruction books used to look like. There was no tabs, Guitar Pro or audio CDs inside the cover in those days. “Containing the elements of music, and complete instructions for the guitar, to which is added a choice collection of fifty pieces of popular music consisting of songs, marches, waltzes, polkas, dances, etc.”
Guckert’s Complete Rapid Diagram Chord Book For The Guitar (1901)
1.3mb (32 pages)
This book is still on sale today. Anyone who has ever bought chord books will recognise that the neck diagragms in later puplications borrow ideas directly from this book.
The flamenco guitar – Juan D Grecos (1973)
73mb (125 pages)
To my knowledge this guitar method is NOT in the public domain and still in copyright. It is simply out of print. I offer it here as an item of historical interest only, since it’s no longer offered for sale anywhere.
Scale and Arpeggio Resources: A Guitar Encyclopedia
3.7mb (428 pages)
This book is a bit too geeky and complicated for my taste. But it’s free and may even make intersting reading for you.
Guitar Omnibis – by Fuzzball
2.7mb (69 pages)
Essential guitar knowledge. This book covers scales, modes, chords and the caged system. I found the information in this book surprisingly easy to understand.
10 Guitar Speed Training Exercises That No Guitar Player Should Be Without
270kb (11 pages)
This free ebook is obviously aimed at electric guitar players to promote a paid product called “The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity“.
The exercises in this free ebook are useful for the nylon string guitar player.
Picture chords encyclopedia – Hal Leonard – (2000)
5mb (269 pages)
Loose ebook collectiion
Various ebooks freely available on the Internet that I found intersting and useful in some way.