New Classical Guitar Books Available From GMI – Guitar & Music Institute


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Not one but two classical guitar books hit the book shelves as well as being available all over the Internet in multiple reading formats. This article tells you what all the fuss is about!

Virtuoso guitarist James Akers is to release two new classical guitar books published by GMI – Guitar & Music Institute


Here at GMI we have released quite a few books to date. Although we have created books for guitar that are primarily technique based, we always wanted to have the majority of our publications focused on actual music. With this in mind, we are delighted that James (or Jamie) Akers is working with GMI and the fruits of all our collective hard work will soon be realised with the publishing of not one but two classical guitar books from two distinct areas of interest to Jamie.


The first book that we will be previewing is titled “Italian Theorbo Music“. This is a large publication which features the works of Kapsberger, Piccinini and Castaldi. Jamie has transcribed the music for classical guitar and is certainly a huge undertaking.

Italian Theorbo Music for classical guitar

However, we wanted to ensure that the largest number of people interested in this wonderfully rich music have access to it, so we have created this work both in music and guitar tabulature. That is not the end of the story though.


Like many other GMI publications, we have worked with Jamie to ensure that the Italian Theorbo Music is much more than a book of music by including, in a discreet way online media. We have included QR codes (those funny square boxes with marks on them that you may have seen from time to time) which means the book owner just needs to point their cell (mobile) phone or tablet at them and you will then be able to view Jamie actually performing specific works included in the book.

As well as this, the book also includes commentary by Jamie about specific pieces giving insight into technical and musical considerations for various works presented.


Although it’s great to have a brand new book packed full of wonderful guitar music, it’s also great to feel like you’re getting more than you expected, or perhaps even be surprised to find out more is available. When you purchase Italian Theorbo Music, inside you will find a code. This code can be used to download a guitar PDF that accompanies this publication absolutely free.

Italian Theorbo Music will soon be available to pre-order and we will be releasing a further blog post when the book is available.


Although Jamie now lives outwith the country, his love of Scotland and Scottish culture has never left him and the second release from GMI is a book that features music created by people who are from, living in or inspired by Scotland. In the words of a popular UK advert…“it does what it says on the tin”, the book is aptly titled “Scottish Classical Guitar Collection“.

There are eleven pieces in total within the publication and it explores a wide repertoire. In a shortened version of the preamble to the music Jamie states the following:

“Scottish Romantic Guitar is a collection of intermediate and advanced pieces for classical guitar by leading composers of the 19th century, inspired by Scotland. While these pieces have previously been available from different sources, they are compiled here for the first time, in corrected editions, in one convenient volume.

Highlights include, Mauro Giuliani’s beautiful settings of six favourite Scottish songs; Fernando Sor’s masterful ‘Variations on Ye Banks and Braes’ and Johan Kaspar Mertz’s dramatic evocation of the landscape of the Outer Hebrides, ‘Fingal’s Cave.’”

Tantilisingly this is volume one so I guess we can be sure to see further volumes in the near future from Jamie.


Both of these publications will be available in the following formats: printed, kindle, Ebook and immediate PDF download from the GMI shop. We will be offering specific pieces from each of the books as individual purchase options as well.

Release dates are currently fluid, however, we are looking to November for publication of both titles with pre-sale notification coming as soon as we can.

You can find out more about Jamie and all his current and past projects at

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