Guitaristic Resources

Aaron Shearer : Classic Guitar Technique
Widely considered the best step-by-step instruction book available. Recommended for every guitarist, not just classical.

What a wonderful resource for fretted instruments! Banjo, balalaikas, and bouzoukis...and other cousins of the guitar.

American Banjo Museum
Contains largest collection of banjos on public display in the world. "Just imagine how different your life would be without your banjo!"
An interactive chords, scales, and tuner site.

Classic Banjo
Good way to read the history of banjo. It has resources. If you want to play banjo, you should read this.

Classical Guitar Alive!
A weekly radio show featuring performances and interviews devoted to promoting "the love of classical music with the guitar to the widest possible audience." In Iowa City the show casts on KSUI 91.7 FM Wednesdays at 9:00 PM.

Classical Guitar Illustrated History
Historical presentation of the evolution of guitar including images.

Classical Mandolin Society of America
They're an active group. There's a lot more to mandolin than people think. Mandolin is in a state of becoming.

Elderly Instruments
Looks good.

Fretboard Journal
A coffee table journal for fretted instrumentalists, collectors and builders.

Future of Music Coalition
A not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities.

Guitar Friendly Airlines
Sooner or later we've all got to fly. This useful info is on a good 10-string guitar site, too.

Guitar Salon International
Wonderful place to buy high-end classical and flamenco guitars, accessories, recordings and books.

Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society
Located in Des Moines, an organization hosting concerts and special events for classical guitarists.

International Music Score Library Project
Links to works originally scored for solo guitar.

Just Strings
A good place to order strings for any kind of guitar and other instruments too.

Open source music notation software.

Little Kids Rock
A nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children.

A website maintained by a German mandolin player. Broad variety of info, sheet music, tips, tricks and links.  

Lots of resources, especially Mandozine Radio which plays "mandolin-centric music covering Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz, Brazilian, Gypsy, Blues, and Classical" 24/7.

Metronome Online
A free metronome tools with instructions.

Mugwumps Online
A good folk music resource including parts for different instruments.

Music Link Foundation
A nonprofit organization that seeks out promising music students from schools, churches, and community youth programs and links them with teachers who volunteer to teach students on partial or full scholarship.

National Music Museum
You've got to know about this place! They have all kinds of instruments. Make it your next pilgrimage.

Parlor Songs
Parlor Songs is dedicated to the acquisition and rescue of the historic musical manuscripts that are a part of the popular music scene in America.

Retrofret Vintage Guitars
They say: "Along with classic vintage instruments, we handle many guitars that fall into the category of extremely rare and bizarre. No re-issues. No custom shops. No so-called 'relics'. Just genuine old smelly instruments." Check out their companion site:

Free music education software.

Strings by Mail
Strings and accessories for classical guitar, flamenco guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, lute as well as Sheet Music, Books, CDs and DVDs.

Ten String Guitar
Musicians who promote 10-string guitar, which is a beautiful instrument.

The Mutopia Project
Free classical sheet music.

Working Class Guitars
Tom played one of Dean Kumbalek's guitars on a 2006 episode of the show.

Public Access

Alliance for Community Media
An advocate for public access representing 1,000 media centers across the nation.

Free Press
A national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates.

PATV Channel 18
The station that hosts Tom's Guitar Show. It has strong community support in the Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa viewing area.

Peg Media is a media transfer site for PEG community television stations and producers of media for these stations.

The Benton Foundation
A private foundation dedicated to analysis of current public-interest and media issues.