Guitaristic Resources

Aaron Shearer : Classic Guitar Technique
Widely considered the best step-by-step instruction book available. Recommended for every guitarist, not just classical. Tom uses the original 82-page version.

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 after years of lying virtually dormant.

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.

Guitars Not Guns
These folks promote guitar playing and musicianship for young people.

Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society
An organization for classical guitarists in the Des Moines area with special events.

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

Jazz Banjo
More cool stuff about banjos. Banjo is not only for bluegrass. There's a huge world out there.

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.

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 aquisition and rescue of the historic musical manuscripts that are a part of the popular music scene in America.

Free music education software.

Ten String Guitar
There are people who are promoting 10-string guitar, which is a beautiful instrument.

The Guitar Sherpa
A stringed instrument portal featuring all types of information on guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, dulcimers, etc. 

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. He is still building and launched a website in 2013.

Guitaristic Stores

Apollo's Axes
Really cool site for buying musical instruments. They've got more folksy, hand-made, third world type instruments.

Elderly Instruments
One of Tom's students introduced us to this site. Looks good.

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

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

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

Musician's Friend
A large online store. They've got everything you need, and they'll ship it right away.

Musician's Pro Shop
Musician's Pro Shop
702 South Gilbert Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 338-3964

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:

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.

The Guitar Center
The Guitar Center
4651 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 524021
(877) 904 7703

West Music
West Music
1212 5th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
(319) 351-2000

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.

Hear Us Now
The telecommunications campaign site for The Consumer's Union.

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.

Video Production Instruction
A free, interactive course in studio and field production written by Ron Whittaker, Ph.D. It's also available at

Worldwide Listing of Public Access Stations
A global listing of Pubic/Educational/Government (PEG) TV stations.