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New Release: Mastering the Classical Guitar 2A & 2B

The second and third volumes of “Mastering the Classical Guitar” series by Wissam Abboud are now out!

Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 2A is the third book in a progressive method series that uses a wide variety of music and educational material to provide a solid technical foundation for classical guitar students while revealing the full range of the instrument’s potential and repertoire.

This book is appropriate for students who have completed Books 1A and 1B and can read standard notation in the first and second positions. The book is written in four broad sections: Progressive Studies and Pieces, Technical Exercises, Chords and Chord Progressions, and Rhythmic Reading. Tips on how to integrate the four sections are given throughout the book.

Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 2A focuses on the concepts of melody and accompaniment by introducing cue-sized notation that helps the student understand the structure of the piece and emphasize the melody. Concepts introduced in this particular volume include tuning the guitar, notes on the first string, musical forms, dotted eighth notes, guitar and nail care, and the use of the barré technique to implement moveable chord shapes.

Teachers will welcome the generous number of attractive intermediate-level recital pieces by Carulli, Carcassi, Giuliani, Paganini, and others. Written in standard notation only. Includes access to online audio.

You can purchase the Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 2A on MelBay‘s website or on Amazon!

Mastering the Classic Guitar Book 2B is the fourth book in a carefully graduated method series that uses a broad spectrum of technical exercises, music theory, chord studies, and repertoire to provide a solid technical foundation for the beginning to advanced-intermediate classical guitar student.


This book is appropriate for students who have completed Books 1A, 1B and 2A and can read standard notation in the first and second positions. The book is written in three sections: Progressive Studies and Pieces, Technical Exercises, and Chords and Chord Progressions. Tips on how to integrate the three sections are given throughout the book.


Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 2B introduces notes on the second string, ascending and descending slurs, ornamentation, polyphony, and playing in the third and fifth positions. The book’s chord studies venture into new territory of seventh chords and jazz chord progressions.

Teachers will welcome the generous number of attractive intermediate-level recital pieces by Aguado, Carulli, Carcassi, Coste, Giuliani, Mertz, Sor, and Tárrega. Written in standard notation only. Includes access to online audio.

You can purchase the Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 2B on MelBay‘s website or on Amazon!

New Release: Grade 3 & 4

The last two volumes of the Classical Guitar Method Series (Grade 3 & 4) are now out and available in stores. These volumes come with extensive audio examples and access to online audio. 

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The series contains the following volumes:

  • Classical Guitar Method – Debut
  • Classical Guitar Method – Preparatory
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 1
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 2
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 3
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 4

The books are now available in:

Libraries and Music Stores:

  • Virgin Megastore
  • Malik’s Bookshop
  • Antoine Library
  • Le Crayon
  • Mozart Chahine
  • Chahine Musical Instruments
  • Osta Music
  • Music Zone
  • Homsi Music
  • Re Majeur
  • Tony Arou
  • Music Nest
  • Beylouni Music
  • Iskandar Baramili
  • Godressi Music Store
  • Hawa Music – Mkallis
  • Habib & Zeina Godressi
  • Gibsy Music Instruments
  • Hawa Musical Instruments – Adonis
  • Mark Music – Dora

Music Schools:

  • Notre Dame University – School of Music
  • Antonine University – School of Music
  • Mozart Chahine – School of Music
  • Ecole des arts Ghassan Yammine
  • Ecole d’art et de Musique
  • Onomatopoeia – The Music Hub
  • Prestige Musique
  • La Majeur
  • Keys’n Cords
  • Rock’n Bach
  • Tania Kassis Academy
  • Campbell Music Academy
  • Colette Music Academy
  • Saints-Coeurs Kfarhbab
  • A Tempo
  • Harmonie
  • Le Rythme
  • Le Virtuose
  • Centre des Arts – Antelias
  • Diapason Music & Dance Academy
  • Ecole des Talents – Amanda El Hachem
  • Centre de Musique – Collège des Apôtres
  • Ecole de Musique – Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour
  • Midas Music School
  • Do Re Mi Club D’arts
  • La Do Music & Arts
  • Bach Music Institute
  • Music Planet
  • Gibsy Music
  • Clé d’Art
  • Seagull Club
  • Fan Home
  • Harmonic Melodies
  • DaVinci Musical School
  • GoMusic School of Music
  • Qolo School for Music & Arts
  • Eastwood International School
  • Atelier de Musique Mira Zantout
  • Berthe Modern Academy
  • Ecole de Musique de la Paroisse du Rosaire

The books are also used in the following institutions:

  • Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music
  • Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK
  • Sagesse Music School
  • Saint Rafqa Institute of Music
  • Ecole Sainte-Louise
  • Collège Central – Jounieh

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Mastering the Classical Guitar – Promo Video

Mastering the Classical Guitar is an instructional guitar series by Wissam Abboud and published by Mel Bay Publications Inc.

• Mastering the Classical Guitar, Book 1A is the first in this progressive series, using a wide variety of musical repertoire and educational material to provide a solid technical foundation for classical guitar students, exposing the full range of the instrument’s potential and repertoire.

• Mastering the Classical Guitar, Book 1B is the second book in this progressive series, focusing largely on scale, interval and chord construction and how this knowledge is useful in becoming a better sight reader. Written in standard notation only, both books include access to online audio featuring extensive examples.

Purchase links:

Mel Bay
Amazon

New Release: Mastering the Classical Guitar 1B

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The second volume of “Mastering the Classical Guitar” series by Wissam Abboud is now out!

Mastering the Classical Guitar, Book 1B is the second book in a progressive series using a variety of musical repertoire and educational materials to provide a solid technical foundation for classical guitar students. Book 1B focuses largely on scale, interval and chord construction and how this knowledge is useful in becoming a better sight reader.

This book is most appropriate for students who can already read standard notation in first position and are ready to attempt second position. Again written in four broad sections, Progressive Studies and Pieces, Technical Exercises, Chords and Chord Progressions and Rhythmic Reading, Book 1B presents numerous playing, chord progression and clapping exercises along with 40 mostly 19th-century pieces by Aguado, Carcassi, Carulli, Sor and others. Tips on how to integrate the three sections are given throughout the book.

While underlying theory is explained in the text, students using this book would still benefit from the advice and constructive feedback of a competent teacher. Teachers will also applaud the generous number of attractive, easy-to-intermediate recital pieces in the book. Fingering is kept to a minimum to encourage students and teachers to pencil-in their own fingering, leading to greater understanding and retention.

Written in standard notation only, Mastering the Classical Guitar, Book 1B comes with extensive audio examples. Includes access to online audio.

You can purchase Mastering the Classical Guitar Book 1B on MelBay‘s website or Amazon!

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Celebrating 1000 “Classical Guitar Method” books sold

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Celebrating 1000 “Classical Guitar Method” books sold!!

5 winners will receive a guitar lesson in addition to one “Classical Guitar Method – Debut” book for free. The giveaway is on Facebook & Instagram.

To enter do the following:

1️⃣ Like the Facebook page or Follow the Instagram account
2️⃣ Like this post
3️⃣ Tag or mention 3 friends in comments

Winners will be selected on Nov 26th!

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Winners are announced on Instagram & Facebook**

New Release: Missa Brevis Op.5

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The Missa Brevis Op.5 is a short Latin Mass for SATB choir A Cappella composed by Wissam Abboud in 2018.

The music of this mass is influenced by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert and Miserachs. It is mainly homophonic with few polyphonic passages and two fugues: “Cum Sancto Spirito” & Hosanna is excelsis


The Missa Brevis contains the following parts:

– Kyrie
– Gloria
– Sanctus
– Benedictus
– Agnus Dei

The approximate duration of this work is 16 minutes, and it contains a piano reduction for rehearsal.


  • Digital Score can be purchased  here.
  • Physical score is available on demand; please send your inquiries to mail@wissamabboud.com

ISMN: 979-0-9024500-0-3

New Release: Grade 1 & 2

Two new volumes of the Classical Guitar Method Series (Grade 1 & 2) are now out and available in stores, along side with new CDs for Debut and Preparatory Grades.

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The series contains the following volumes:

  • Classical Guitar Method – Debut + Optional CD
  • Classical Guitar Method – Preparatory + Optional CD
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 1
  • Classical Guitar Method – Grade 2

The books are  now available in:

Libraries and Music Stores:

  • Virgin Megastore
  • Malik’s Bookshop
  • Antoine Library
  • Le Crayon
  • Mozart Chahine
  • Chahine Musical Instruments
  • Osta Music
  • Music Zone
  • Homsi Music
  • Re Majeur
  • Tony Arou
  • Music Nest
  • Beylouni Music
  • Iskandar Baramili
  • Godressi Music Store
  • Hawa Music – Mkallis
  • Habib & Zeina Godressi
  • Gibsy Music Instruments
  • Hawa Musical Instruments – Adonis
  • Mark Music – Dora

Music Schools:

  • Notre Dame University – School of Music
  • Antonine University – School of Music
  • Mozart Chahine – School of Music
  • Ecole des arts Ghassan Yammine
  • Ecole d’art et de Musique
  • Onomatopoeia – The Music Hub
  • Prestige Musique
  • La Majeur
  • Keys’n Cords
  • Rock’n Bach
  • Tania Kassis Academy
  • Campbell Music Academy
  • Colette Music Academy
  • Saints-Coeurs Kfarhbab
  • A Tempo
  • Harmonie
  • Le Rythme
  • Le Virtuose
  • Centre des Arts – Antelias
  • Diapason Music & Dance Academy
  • Ecole des Talents – Amanda El Hachem
  • Centre de Musique – Collège des Apôtres
  • Ecole de Musique – Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour
  • Midas Music School
  • Do Re Mi Club D’arts
  • La Do Music & Arts
  • Bach Music Institute
  • Music Planet
  • Gibsy Music
  • Clé d’Art
  • Seagull Club
  • Fan Home
  • Harmonic Melodies
  • DaVinci Musical School
  • GoMusic School of Music
  • Qolo School for Music & Arts
  • Eastwood International School
  • Atelier de Musique Mira Zantout
  • Berthe Modern Academy
  • Ecole de Musique de la Paroisse du Rosaire

The books are also used in the following institutions:

  • Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music
  • Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK
  • Sagesse Music School
  • Saint Rafqa Institute of Music
  • Ecole Sainte-Louise
  • Collège Central – Jounieh

Online: