2020 Classical Guitar Gift Guide
(updated 2020-11-17) What do you get for the guitarist on your list? Below you’ll find holiday gift recommendations suitable for classical guitarists, as well as acoustic and electric guitarists.
If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for guitarists, here are a few options. Some even have discount codes!
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SoundFile Glass Nail File – This is a nano-glass fingernail file, with handmade wood handle. They come in many different woods. This a wonderful gift for any classical guitarist. Really special!
21st Century Flamenco Capo – A Retro looking guitar capo that works perfectly on any Classical or Flamenco guitar.
D’Addario Humidikit – A new approach to keeping your guitars humidified and safe.
Soundbrenner Pulse the Metronome Watch – “Experience amazingly accurate haptic feedback in the form of strong, distinct vibrations that are easily felt against your skin.”
Wittner Classic Metronome – This elegant wood-cased analog metronome makes a beautiful gift. These look timeless and at home in any practice space. The real deal.
Tama RhythmWatch Metronome – I’ve used this metronome for nearly 20 years. It’s overkill for most people, but I love it. It also can be plugged into the wall, so no need for batteries.
KLIQ UberTuner – Guitar Tuner. A Standard Clip-On guitar tuner to help keep you in tune during your practicing.
Classical Guitar Capo – Capos are great fun. And this one is sleek and stylish. It fits in most cases, and is wide enough for a classical guitar.
Folding Music Stand – Portable and Foldable. Adjustable for multi-surface use. Packs in seconds. Compact and easy to store. Lightweight and perfect for travel. It is only 22 inches long and 2 pounds after folding and comes with a black waterproof carrying bag.
Manhasset Music Stand – These stands are sturdy and big. Trusted by most major schools and symphonies. Stable, easy to work with, and beautifully industrial.
String Swing Wall-Mounted Guitar Holder Hang your guitar on the wall with this wall-mounted guitar hook. Keep your guitar safe, on-display, and front-of-mind.
Muso-Mirror – See what you’re doing with the Muso-Mirror. It clips to your music stand. This way, you can position it to see what your right or left hand is doing. A great practice tool. See the full Muso-Mirror review here.
MusoMirror Special! If you use the coupon code: GUITAR at checkout, you’ll save 10% on the MusoMirror (a special offer for CGS readers!) Note: Prices are in UK pounds, but they do ship to the US.
The Musicians Way (Gerald Klickstein) – “A guide to practice, performance and wellness. This book dives into practice habits, memorization, interpretation, motivation, and more.
The Practice Revolution (Philip Johnson) – written for teachers, but great practice ideas, games, and general philosophy of music practice
Zen Guitar (Philip Toshio Sudo) – The name says it all.
The Art of Practicing (Madeline Bruser) – On playing from the heart. A lovely book with a 10 step approach to daily practice.
The High-Performance Mind (Anna Wise) – On mastering the ability to control your brainwave frequencies for optimal performance. While not music-based, I find this kind of work helpful for focusing and performing.
The Inner Game of Music (Barry Green) – On getting past our silly minds and just making great music.
Daily Rituals (Mason Currey) – Short descriptions of the daily rituals and routines of 161 top artists, musicians, thinkers, and creatives. One of my all-time favorites. Not guitar-specific, but great for any fan of routine.
Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music (Glenn Kurtz) – This is a lovely memoir, and also includes a succinct history of the guitar.
Peak – Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (Anders Ericsson) Discover how to accelerate your learning. This book is perhaps the best book available on the process of mastery. It has heavily influenced CGS and The Woodshed program.
A Life on the Road (Julian Bream) – Julian Bream was a fun-loving guitar character. This memoir gives many humorous accounts of his life on the road. A very fun read for any fan of guitar, or the man.
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I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two stellar teachers – one focused on the technical, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully. Click here for a sample formula.
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