Advice, practice tips, and hundreds of stylized guitar lessons. 

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“Invaluable.” – Elderly Instruments

“Essential.” – Wood&Steel magazine, Taylor Guitars

“Stunning.” – John Thomas, bestselling author of Kalamazoo Gals

The 50 Greatest Guitar Books is both an indispensable reference and one of the finest tutorial books ever penned. You’ll find insightful commentaries and more than 100 individually tailored guitar lessons – in all styles – that will provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced players with a lifetime of knowledge, insight, and inspiration.

Unlike any other guitar method, The 50 Greatest Guitar Books is part guitar instruction, part music appreciation, and part literary criticism. Persinger delivers as much practical musical content as he does analysis and educated insight.

Includes contributions from legendary guitarists and educators:

Rik Emmett, Henry Kaiser, Steve Kaufman, Wolf Marshall, Tim Sparks, and many more.

Featuring More than 100 Stylized Guitar Lessons

Chord Voicings, Two-Handed Tapping, Fingerpicking, Slide Guitar, Walking Bass Lines, Arpeggios, Improvisation, and much more.

Featuring All Styles

Blues, Classical, Funk, Metal, Jazz, Rock, Ragtime, World,  Fingerpicking,  Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Country, Pop, Latin, Fusion, FlamencoTexas Swing, and more.

Includes Free mp3 Downloads

The mp3s that accompany the book’s lessons are available in a single zip file. These are free, no codes or emails necessary. Click here to: Download Audio Examples. All examples are performed by Shawn Persinger.

(Please note: Your download will start immediately. There are 104 mp3s, the zip file is approximately 120MB, and it will take 2-3 minutes to download depending on your internet speed. In your media player, sort the mp3s by “name” for them to line up in order. If you experience any trouble with the download please contact: presterjohnmusic(at)