Suggested Guitar Music Listening

Guitar music listeningGuitar teachers are often asked who is the 'best guitarist', or they find that a student doesn’t listen to much guitar music and has little idea of what is good. On our Best Guitar Songs page you'll find individual guitar classics that provide the best starting point. Then, to broaden your knowledge the following lists of Artists will give you plenty to investigate. These lists are by no means definitive or exhaustive (and no doubt some sinful omissions have occurred!) but they will give you a handy reference source to help you discover some of the great music in the guitar repertoire.

Classic Rock

Led Zepplin – Led Zepplin II (the one with Whole Lotta Love on it) or Led Zepplin IV are the biggies but don’t overlook Physical Graffiti – it’s a doozy! If you want a good taster try one of the ‘best of’ sets. Most distinctive of all however is Led Zepplin III - it's the one with the crazy slide 12-string stuff and bent Country Blues influences. Also features The Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Friends; very cool.

The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya Yas Out – yeh man!  It is one of the best ‘live’ LPs. They have put out many classic recordings between the mid 60s –mid 90s. A ‘Greatest Hits’ set (there’s been several) is probably the best starting point for a band with so many well-known songs and riffs.

Deep Purple – Machine Head (yes it has got that song on it!), Deep Purple In Rock and Burn are the biggies, each one with several classic Rock guitar tracks. Stormbringer is also quite cool. The classic stuff is the 1970 –74 period before Ritchie Blackmore split the scene.

Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland is the masterpiece but could be too intense for the uninitiated. A ‘Greatest Hits’ album (there’s a few around) will be a better starting point. Best of all however is to watch the live footage that is available. Charisma is an overused term these days; to see what it really looks (and sounds) like watch this man perform.

Cream (inc. Eric Clapton) – Wheels of Fire, Disraeli Gears, Best of Cream (quite a bit of Clapton's best Electric work is on this disc)

Queen – Brian May’s distinctive harmonized solos are just one of the reasons to get into this band; Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You etc. One of the most original bands in an era of high creativity and experimentation, they have enjoyed a reveival of interest in recent years due, in part, to a documentary about charasmatic frontman Freddie Mercury. The 'best of' discs are an excellent starting point.

Chuck Berry – Pretty much the original Rock guitar star. His goofy stage antics - the 'duckwalk' - made him a household name and excited a whole generation of kids. A ‘best of’ set should give you the handful of gems that his music fame was built on (Johnny B Goode, School Days, Roll Over Beethoven, etc). The sound is a bit corny by later standards, and bands like the Beatles and the Stones did better covers but the originals are still fascinating to hear. For many Rock era guitarists Chuck was the source.

Elvis Presely/ Scotty Moore – Their early recordings set the style. Scotty Moore is the distinctive guitarist on Elvis’ famous early stuff and he’s influenced every rockabilly player since.  Check out The Sun Sessions

David Bowie/Mick Ronson – Bowie’s Aladdin Sane era included Mick Ronson on guitar. One of the most distinctive players in the 70s Glam-Rock scene. He played on most of Bowie’s big hits around that time. Also check out his work with Ian Hunter & Mott The Hoople. (Once Bitten Twice Shy) and also Lou Reed’s Transformer album.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall. If you don’t already know Dave Gilmour’s playing then you are just missing out big time. One of the most influential players of the 70s/80s era. His phrasing of bended notes is exquisite: check out 'Dogs' on Animals, or 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond' on Wish You Were Here (and also the guitar solo on 70s Pop classic 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush)

The Eagles – Hotel California – one of the best guitar albums of the 70s. Joe Walsh had recently joined the band and the result was electric! Also very good for guitarists is the One Of These Nights album.

Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way was one of the biggest Rock hits of all time and it has some great heavy slide playing and voice-box effects.

Boston – the self-titled debut album contains the hit-song More Than a Feeling which features one of the best lead-breaks of the 70s – the kind of playing that made people take up the instrument in droves.

Santana – as in the band and the man. Hard to know what category to slot this guy into. The 70s albums are where you’ll find all the classics; tracks like Samba Pati, Black Magic Woman, Europa, Moonflower etc. Has had a commercial second coming in the 2000s but the early stuff is his best.

Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive – biggest selling live album of the whole Rock era (pretty impressive feat actually). Not as widely known these days but is a great guitar album made during the heyday of the wah-wah and ‘voice-box’ pedals. Has plenty of great riffs and well phrased solos.

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard – from back in the days when EC was a real rocker. It’s a goodie and was a big hit.  Influential in its era.

The Allman Brothers featured the short-lived Duane Allman (who features on the original version of Layla), and Dicky Betts. The early 70s material is the classic stuff, including the live material. The instrumental hit Jessica is a must have for electric slide players. & 70s aficionados.

Steve Hunter & Dick Wagner – Who the ****? These guys worked as a pair of hired guns in the 1970s and provided some of the best classic rock guitar playing of the era to Alice Cooper (Billion Dollar Babies, Go to Hell, Welcome to my Nightmare) and on Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll Animal (one of the best of the 70s live albums – awesome). So the thing is you wont find their names on the covers but anything from that era with Steve and/or Dick playing on it will be worth a listen; pure, inspired 70s Rock guitar.

Aerosmith – “She told me to Walk this way,…….and talk this way” – yeah!

Van Halen – Their first album (self-titled) is a classic heavy rock album. It started the whole wammy-bar, dive-bombing, harmonic squeals & fret-tapping craze, and made Eddie Van Halen a household name overnight. Also worth checking out are their 3rd & 4th albums.

Bad Company featured the voice of Paul Rodgers who was also in Free. Some great Rock/Blues guitar work in amongst the short-lived careers of both these bands but both had some big 70s Rock hits that should be familiar.

Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts, East, Circus Animals or Swingshift Features the mighty Blues-Rock guitar work of Ian Moss – Oz Rock gold 

Midnight Oil – 10 – 9 - 8, Red Sails In The Sunset, ‘live’ set from early 80s + their gorgeously quirky hit instrumental 'Wedding Cake Island'

Tom Petty – features lots of good hooks and riffs (courtesy of Petty and Mike Campbell) Try the Greatest Hits compilation.

Thin Lizzy – Unfairly neglected 70s Rockers. Had the inimitable Gary Moore onboard until he wigged out during a tour in the early 80s. Their ‘live’ album from the late 70s is regarded as one of the all-time best live Rock LPs. Singer/writer/bassist Phil Lynott (late) wrote many great songs, including some big hits, and TL were one of the very best of the 70s guitar bands.

AC/DC – Back In Black is a certified classic but really these guys present the same problem as the Rolling Stones; where do you start? One hasn’t got enough fingers to count the records they’ve made and every set contains at least a certified classic rockers. A retrospective would be a goodie and their ‘live’ set from the late 70s (with the late Bon Scott) is a real corker!

Yes – Lots of classic ‘progressive rock’ stuff in the 70s featuring Steve Howe but some of it is quite esoteric.  Especially good for guitarists however is the 1984 set 90125  which featured English guitarist Trevor Rabin. Super!

Frank Zappa (& The Mothers Of Invention)
“My gui-tar wants to kill your ma-ma. . .“ Not for the faint-hearted but very groovy in a pleasantly bent way!  Frank was that rarest of things: an original.

 

Pop-Rock

The Beatles – Compared to later flashier players George Harrison is a little underrated these days but his early rockabilly/pop playing and his gorgeous slide playing set the style for so many who followed.  Listening to the solo in Something can induce a transcendental state of bliss in guitar solo devotees. Pretty much all of the Beatles recordings are worth knowing (if you don’t already!). If you are new to them however try the following: Pop: Rubber Soul and Revolver.  Heavier: The Beatles (the “Double White” album) and Abbey Road  (the album with the famous song-cycle + Something)

The Shadows – ‘Greatest Hits’ – full of fabulously cheesy early 60s guitar instrumentals.  Grab you surfboard!

The Church – One of the all-time classic guitar bands. Most significant stuff is from 80s to mid-90s. Try The Blurred Crusade, Heyday, Starfish, Gold Afternoon Fix, Priest = Aura, or check out the Retrospective set. Big hits with great guitar lines include Ungaurded Moment, Almost With You, Under The Milky Way

The Byrds – the original 60s jingle-jangle pop-smiths. Try a Best Of set.

The Smiths – check out the early albums that feature guitarist Johnny Marr; clever and eclectic Pop – very British.

The Police – Andy Summer’s guitar work just made so many of their hits. The first two albums are especially good for guitarists.

Billy Idol/ Stevie Stevens – Stevens is the guitarist on all of Idol’s 80s hits. Rebel Yell, White Wedding, Mony Mony. Has also recorded good solo albums.

Brian Setzer & his Orchestra – put out a really fun big-band rockabilly album in the late 90s. Lots of great guitar lines and excellent production.

T Rex (Marc Bolan) – all of ‘em. Not flashy playing but great chord riffs and some of the grooviest, exciting glam-rock songs of the early 70s: “I got a Rolls-Royce, cause its good for my voice” - MB

Neil Young – an amazing musician. Try Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps, in fact most of his 70s output. Also really cool is the solo electric guitar soundtrack he made for the bent western flick Dead Man starring Johnny Depp. A versatile and intelligent player.

The Stone Roses – Their first album (was there any other!) contains some of the best pop guitar riffs of all time – the sort of riffs you wish you’d thought of yourself!  Probably the #1 Brit Pop album of the 80s-90s era.

Television - More articulate than many other Punk/New Wave bands; these guys could really play. Two classic albums in late 70s

The Hoodoo Gurus – Stoneage Romeos or try a ‘best of’ set; great party rock & roll : Oz Rock classics.

Skyhooks – Classic 'Oz Rock' from the 70s. Fun band with a big bag of great guitar riffs and rhythms. Check out Living in the Seventies, Balwyn Calling, You Just Like me Coz' I'm Good in Bed, Women in Uniform, Party to End all Parties

The Cruel Sea – The Honeymoon is Over – loads of cool riffs & solos

U2 – War , Under A Blood Red Sky, Unforgettable Fire, and they’re still out there doing it. The Edge is not the most technically complete Electric player but he is one of the most recognisable – and that says a lot.

Suede – The first album Suede from 1993 features the wonderful Bernard Butler. This album has everything from spine-tingling ballads to huge power-chord anthems. The best of 90s  Britpop  guitar.

The Cure – not necessarily a name you’d think of first when talking guitar stuff but frontman Robert Smith is a great pop guitarist. Especially worth hearing is Japanese Whispers, Head On The Door and Kiss Me Kiss Me. Apart from the gorgeous guitar hooks these albums have some of the best-ever Pop bass guitar riffs. (Disintegration is also a great set for bass lines)

INXS - every album was full of great guitar hooks, but not solos. The playing is very rhythm based and includes some of the best Pop rhythm riffs.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – very groovy! Fans would say every album is great but for guitarists the one to have is definitely Blood Sugar Sex Magic.

Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler) All albums are good and all were big sellers. One of the biggest bands in the world from late 70s to late 80s. Knoplfer’s fingerpicked Strat sound is highly distinctive.  His solo work on tracks like Sultans of Swing and Love Over Gold rate amongst the best Electric guitar performances of the 70s-80s.  Knopfler is still active, having produced some fine Country-Blues based discs in the last decade, including an excellent set with Eric Clapton.

Fleetwood Mac Not often mentioned in ‘great guitarist’ raves but the early incarnation of this band featured Peter Green (guitarist on the early 70s instrumental hit Albatross) and then Lyndsay Buckingham, who’s fine pop guitar playing is a prime ingredient in Mac’s phenomenal success circa mid 70s (especially the Rumours album).

Status Quo – Status who?! Well they were huge in the 70s and whilst the original albums are not quite classics a ‘best of’ set would be lots of fun. They had a gift for unpretentious, guitar-driven, party Rock & Roll. Be sure to check out 'Down Down' - a guitar riff feast!

 

Rock Soloists

Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien, Crystal Planet

Steve Vai – Passion & Warfare

Steve Morse - Coast to Coast, High Tension Wires

Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom

Carl Verheyen - Atlas Overload, Slingshot - all good!

Steve Lukather - Luke

Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow, Wired, Who Else

Robin Trower - a member of 60s Prog Rockers Procol Harem, left to front his own trio in early 70s. Very prolific '73 - '79. Awesome Rock Blues player with great command of bending effects.

Tommy Emmanuel - any

Guthrie Govan – Erotic Cakes

Brett Garsed – Big Sky, Dark Matter – very crisp lines

 

Blues

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand The Weather

Robben Ford - Handful Of Blues

Scott Henderson - Dog Party

BB King - Live At The Regal

Eric Clapton – Unplugged

Buddy Guy - a prime influence to players of the calibre of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck. Has an extensive catalogue.

Johnny Winter – Early albums The Progressive Blues Experiment, Second Winter  were influential in the 70s. Great heavy Rock-Blues + cool dude.

Bonnie Rait – great slide player and a large output: Check her out.

Robert Johnson – his small output is all reissued and although the recordings are old and scratchy (c.1940s) they are powerful examples of the real thing. Some great earthy slide playing and classic blues intros, rhythms and ending licks.  Influenced all the important players in the Rock era.

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues

Rory Gallagher - Legendary Irish Blues-rock player well known for energetic live performances. Early-mid 70s albums were critically acclaimed. Highly respected amongst other name players and actually turned down offer to join Deep Purple after Ritchie Blackmore's departure. 

Kenny Wayne Shepard - Trouble Is

Mike Bloomfield – varied career. Check out The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album East West. Also played in The Electric Flag

Elvyn Bishop the other guitarist on East West. His own band ‘The Elvyn Bishop Band’ had a big hit in 1976 with Fooled Around and Fell in Love which features one of the most memorable blues guitar solos from any Top 40 hit.

Memphis Minnie – this gal was rockin’ before the term was even invented! Her recordings from the 1930s sound amazingly close to rockabilly – 20 years ahead of time. Primitive recording quality aside, these tracks are a fascinating bit of history (as is the lady herself).

Ry Cooder – hard to know what category to put this guy in. Wonderful musician who has played with the who’s who. His solo albums are great.

Dave Lindley – similar to Ry Cooder (in fact they’ve worked together). Has played on a diverse range of artist albums, and his early 80s album El Rayo X is great fun - lots of funky/reggae/blues lines.

 

Finger-style/Acoustic players

Marcel Dadi – all good

Chet Atkins - All good! One of the greatest guitarists of all time, full stop!

Stefan Grossman  - great Country Blues

Tuck Andress – wonderful funky jazz feel

John Renbourn – great but how available?

Bert Jansch – ditto – both Bert and John played in Pentangle

Leo Kottke – especially the earlier LPs; wonderful 12-string playing

Andy McKee – probably the most successful of the new 21st Century artists. His piece 'Drifting' has been a big hit online and has influenced a new generation of acoustic players. As well as original compositions Andy has created several impressive instrumental covers of older Pop hits. Check out his version of 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' - it's excellent!

Ralph Towner – all good; excellent musician

Paul Simon – an excellent fingerstyle player; check out his solo work as well as the Simon & Garfunkel classics

Tommy Emmanuel – Only, The Mystery, Endless Road

Eric  Clapton – his later work; Tears In Heaven etc. Check out the Unplugged album

Bruce Mathiske – seriously good fingerstyle player: check him out

 

Country/Folk

Alan Jackson - Who I Am

Brent Mason - Hot Wired

Danny Gatton - Cruisin Dueces

Albert Lee - Speechless, Gagged But Not Bound

Chet Atkins - Read My Licks

Hellecasters - Return Of The Hellecasters

Steve Wariner – No More Mr Nice Guy

Brad Paisley - Who Needs Pictures

Jerry Donahue – Telecasting

Tommy & Phil Emmanuel – Terra Firma (quite Rocky actually)

Ozark Mountain Daredevils Jackie Blue

 

Metal

Metallica - any!

Iron maiden- Number of the Beast

Guns n Roses- Appetite For Destruction

Megadeth- Countdown To Extinction

Black Sabbath- any! Guitarist Tommy Iommi created several archetypal heavy chord riffs way back before the tag ‘heavy metal’ came into vogue.
He wasn’t big on solos but had a distinctive style and the early albums (up to about ’74) provided the template for the emerging Heavy Metal scene. Classic early metal tracks like Paranoid, War Pigs, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Hole in the Sky come from this era and inspired a whole generation of copycats. Check out the real thing!

Living Colour - Vivid

The Scorpions - Love At First Sting

Def Leppard - Pyromania, Hysteria

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven

Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever

Spinal tap- soundtrack

Slayer – Reign In Blood

 

Shred

Jason Becker -  Perpetual Burn

Vinnie Moore -  Meltdown

Greg Howe - Edge of Insanity

Michael Angelo - No Boundaries

Racer X -  Street Lethal

Richie Kotzen - Electric Joy

Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien

Yngwe Malmsteen – fast, very

Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare

Brett Garsed and TJ Helmerich - Quid Pro Quo

Zakk Wylde - The Blessed Hellride

 

Jazz

Django Reinhardt - the famous Gypsy Jazz guiatrist who, after suffering severe burns at eighteen, played mostly with just two left-hand fingers; index and middle. He had limited use of the ring and little fingers, having to use them together, mainly on the 1st & 2nd strings. This accounts for some of the unique chord forms in his music. Together with jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli and brother Joseph Reinhardt, Django was an integral part of the famous and much copied 'Hot Club Quintette of France'. He recorded prolifically throught the 1930s to early 50s, often as a sideman with other artists, but there are several good compilations of his own work available. A disc like 'Souvenirs' is a good starter.

Lulo Reinhardt - grandson of Django ; current pro player who specializes in emulating the Gypsy Jazz' of his grandfather. Ther are many players now doing this; it has become it's own genre and there are some very fine fine musicians dedicated to the style, but Lulo has that extra something. Check out his 'Latin Swing Project' discs, and the 'Live in Melbourne' DVD is excellent.

Joe Pass - highly influential virtuoso player, active 1960s-late 80s. Was a sideman for some of the most famous jazz vocalists of the post-war era; Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. His work with Fitzgerald is well worth checking out; they made several discs, and there is some great live footage of them from the 70s. His solo 'Virtuoso 1, 2 , 3 and 4' sets are essential listening for jazz guitarists.

Joe Pass & Herb Ellis – Two For The Road (good jazz duets)

Mles Davis - Kind of Blue

James Muller - All Out

Charlie Christian -The Original Guitar Hero

Duke Ellington - This is Jazz 36

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

George Benson - Breezin' and check out his early albums (60s)

Wes Montgomery - Full House

Emily Remler – Firefly, Transitions, Catwalk, Retrospective

Grant Green - Green Street

John McLaughlin – earlier stuff is verging on ‘jazz shred’ – later stuff is quite mellow and tuneful

Pat Metheney – darling of the Modal knobs but is a more versatile musician than that tag suggests. Has recorded some of the best Fusion tunes and has, in more recent years, produced some very mature solo work. 

Tuck Andress – great fingerstyle jazz/funk player

Martin Taylor – very, very good indeed! (fingerstyle jazz)

 

Classic Fusion (“jazz-rock”)

Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
One of the all-time classic guitar albums. Also Wired and recent albums.

Al Di Meola – Elegant Gyspsy or Casino – both classic 70s albums

Larry Carlton – Room 335 or Strikes Twice – both are wonderful

Steely Dan – anything and everything! (early albums have Larry Carlton and Jeff Baxter on them – Coooool !)

The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets (contains some great guitar playing courtesy of Jeff Baxter)

Modern Fusion

Allan Holdsworth- any!

Wayne krantz-  Long To Be Loose

Brett Garsed- Big Sky

Michael Landau- Tales From The Bulge

Derek Sherinian-  Inertia

Tribal Tech- Reality Check

Shawn Lane- Powers Of Ten

On The Virg- Serious Young Insects

Frank Gambale-  Coming To Your Senses

Simon Patterson- Developmentals

 

90s/New Guitar Rock

The Strokes

White Stripes

The Black Keys

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Datsuns - very cool retro 70s rock sound

The Living End – buy the whole lot!

The Tea Party – thankfully there are still some musicians left on the planet who believe that Progressive Rock is a serious art form.

Pearl Jam – all their albums have good guitar riffs and progressions

Jane’s Addiction – Ritualo de Habitualo contains the track Three Days  which features what is arguably the best rock guitar solo of the 1990s.

Soundgarden – one of the most influential guitar bands of the 90s

Nirvana – Nevermind  Kurt wasn’t a ‘great’ player but this album is full of the sort of simple riffs and progressions that sell millions. Still sounds good.

Foo Fighters – plenty of high adrenalin riffs here

Greenday – ditto

Offspring – double ditto

Rage Against The Machine – one of the most distinctive sounds of the 90s

 

Classical Guitar

This is certainly a perplexing area for the newcomer. You have probably heard the occasional classical guitar solo and thought “it would be nice to have a recording of something like that” but maybe you have little idea what to look for. Here are some sure-fire suggestions to consider:

Solo Classical

John Williams
No not the guy who wrote the Star Wars music! This John Williams has been widely considered the most accomplished classical guitarist in the world since Andre Segovia’s heyday. He has recorded many albums during a career spanning over 40 years now and has been frequently repackaged by his record company. There are several ‘Best Of’ and genre-specific collections available which will be safe starters. Amongst his vast output the following are highly recommended:

  • The Great Paraguyan – a CD of solo guitar music by Paraguyan composer Augustin Mangore Barrios
  • The Seville Concert – CD of great solo pieces performed in an old Moorish castle in Spain; excellent sound quality
  • Bach Lute Suites – a two-volume set that is sold as separate discs, of Lute suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for the guitar. If you’re new to this try the disc with the famous Lute Suite In E Minor (BWV 996) on it.

Slava Grigoryan
Try the Live at Wigmore Hall album for a good mix of famous pieces. Has many other discs out, some in ensemble with other musicians. Top notch!

Karin Shaupp – Several albums, including some good ensemble projects. Her disc of Australian Guitar Concertos (ABC Classics) is excellent. All her work is worth a punt but if you are new to classical guitar, and need a good starters set of well known pieces, try her first album - Leyenda.

Julian Bream
As per John Williams has been repackaged a lot over the years. Various ‘Best Of’ collections are available and should prove to be a safe bet although if you are concerned about sound quality you should note that these recordings are now 25 – 45 years old.  As well as guitar, Bream made some highly regarded recordings on Lute, and also the Vihuela (the old Spanish guitar). He also made an excellent television series for British TV, in the early 80s, about the history of the guitar in Spain; hard to obtain but well worth watching.

David Russell
Has released many fine recordings. Noted for his beautifully controlled technique. Particularly good is his Music Of Torroba and Music Of Giuliani (on the Telarc label)

Milos Karadaglic
Award-winning, chart topping young player. Has gained wide notice, especially in Europe. Has brought classical-guitar to a new generation and has recorded several albums, including a recent set of Beatles arrangements recorded in the famous Abbey Road studios. High quaility.

The Romero family
Several musicians, all very accomplished classical guitarists, led by the father Celedonio Romero. Many solo albums and ensemble sets too.  Pepe Romero is the most accomplished & successful of the family. Prolific and revered amongst older players.

Andre Segovia
A player with a special place in history and a name that you are probably familiar with. Made numerous recordings from the 1930s to 60s, many of which have been re-released on compilations and historical retrospectives. The sound quality of many of these does not compare well to recent era recordings and, somewhat controversially, some of the performances are considered by many professionals nowadays to be overly ‘romantic’ and aesthetically questionable in parts. These quibbles aside, the digitally remastered recordings display the innate charm that made this player so widely admired. He was the most important and successful guitarist of the 20th century; one of the few guitarists who can be truly considered to be one of the all-time great musicians.  Fashions come and go but what is clear with Segovia is how central he was to popularizing the Classical guitar in the early-mid 20th century.

Other names worth considering
Gareth Koch, Anthony Field, Eduardo Fernandez, Sharon Isbin, Goran Sollscher, William Kanengiser, Andrew York, Christopher Parkening, Narcisco Yepes, Kazuhito Yamashita, Marcello Kayath. These are just a handful that should be fairly easy to find.

Classical Guitar Duos

John Williams & Julian Bream
Two albums: Together andTogether Again. Widely available and good.

Slava & Leonard Grigoryan
A few albums now, on ABC Classics (recent release)

Alexandre Lagoya & Ida Presti
These are old recordings but well worth listening to if you can find them.

Sergio & Odair Assad
Excellent players; well worth the outlay.

Z.O.O. Duo
Aka Peter Constant & Marion Shaap. Have some good discs out.

Also check out Raphaella Smits & David Russell, Duo Favori, Duo Batendo, Duo Tedesco, Christopher Parkening & David Brandon, Naoko & Kazuhito Yamashita

Classical Guitar Quartets

This is a fascinating area of current development in the guitar world. After drowning in String Quartets for, . . .  oooh centuries it seems,  guitarists have finally realized that they too can have a meaningful life in chamber music. What a relief! This genre has come into focus only in recent decades and is a developing style in the current era. The following Quartets are the most successful and readily available to date:

Saffire – The Australian Guitar Quartet
Features Slava Grigoryan, Karin Shaupp, Anthony Field & Gareth Koch. Their self-titled debut album was released through ABC Classics in May 2003. Check it out - it’s a goodie! Leonard Grigoryan joined them for their 2nd album Renaissance

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Features John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Andrew York & Scott Tennant. A well established group of highly accomplished players. Check out their 1998 disc L.A.G.Q. (Sony Classics) and the more recent Brazilian set: very impressive stuff.

Guitar Trek
Another long established group (from Australia) founded by Timothy Kain. They have several successful albums out now and perform regularly throughout Australia.

Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Similar to Guitar Trek in that they use the ‘Guitar Family’ – two standard guitars, an Alto – or Requinto (small, higher pitched guitar) and a bass Classical guitar: seems to be a bit of an Australian development.