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Editor's Picks: Guitar Tablature...
The directory below lists our favorite places to find free sheet music and tablature for guitar on the web. They are listed in alphabetical order:

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  Christian Music 4 Praise and WorshipChristian Music 4 Praise and Worship
Instrumentation for: Guitar (mostly chord charts), Some Piano
Categories: Christian, Worship
Catalog Size: Huge (Over 4000 as of this writing)

Here's one of the best of the Christian praise and worship music sheet music sites we've seen of late. Worship leaders post their original songs to the site, and include MP3s, sheet music, chord charts and lyric sheets. Not every song has every option, but there's a very large selection here to browse through. A GREAT resource for worship leaders looking for new music that's legal to use and download.
Added 02/23/2007.


Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar, Violin, and many other instruments.
Categories: Classical, Christmas, a few others.
Catalog Size: Huge (900+)

Cantorion is a welcome addition to our directory. A very easy site to use to find free sheet music, which is all in easy-to-read PDF format. Every piece of music is free. You'll find all the favorites, from Canon in D to Ave Maria, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, Clair de Lune, The Entertainer and more. Added 05/27/2009.

Christmas Song Guitar Tab & Lyrics
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Christmas

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
This is's collection of holiday favorites for guitar. A good selection of Christmas songs and lyrics, including not only favorite traditional songs, but tabs for renditions of new Christmas songs by U2, the Kinks, Blues Traveller and others. Updated 12/20/2007.

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David Coester Meanton: Classical Guitar
Instrumentation for: Classical Guitar
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
If I were a classical guitarist, I would be very grateful for the excellent material guitarist David Coester provides at his web site. You'll find free PDF downloads of several complete folios from the 19th century, all dedicated to the guitar soloist. Very possibly one of the finest strictly classical guitar collections listed in this directory. Updated 12/20/2007. Classical Guitar Sheet Music
Instrumentation for: Classical Guitar
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
Classical guitarists will really enjoy the free sheet music offerings from Offered are a wide variety of classical guitar selections from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary periods.
Composers include Albeniz, Carulli, Mozart, Paganini, Mudarra, Dowland, Scarlatti, Bach and so many more. Added 06/11/2004.

Dirk's Guitar Page: Free Music for Classical Guitar
Instrumentation for: Classical & Latin Guitar
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
Here's another great web site devoted to Classical guitar. It's a very large archive of high quality PDFs featuring music from Classical as well as comtemporary composers. Lots of latin guitar music scores as well. Added 12/20/2007.

Free Guitar Tips & Tabs by Bob Houlston
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Classical, Traditional
, Popular
Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
It's not a large tab site, but it's a very good one, designed for beginners on the guitar. Bob's site has one of the most detailed, easy to read explanations I've seen on how to read guitar tab, and the site, overall, is a perfect place to just pick up your guitar and start getting familiar with reading tab notation. The selection of songs is good too, with everything from
Air on the G String to Music Box Waltz and House of the Rising Sun. Other featurings include guitar maintenance tips, playing styles, and many other extras. Verified  02/21/2008.

The Gospel Music Archive
Instrumentation for: Guitar (Tablature), Harmonica
Categories: Christian, Christmas
, Children
Catalog Size: Very Large (500+?)
Here you'll find a very large selection of tablature for both guitar and, strangly enough, harmonica. Music is sorted alphabetically for easy browsing. While the site is predominantly dedicated to gospel, worship and praise music, you'll also find a nice selection of other songs. There's an entire section for kids, as well as a large quantity of Christmas songs. Updated 12/20/2007.

Guitar Noise
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Pop & Rock

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100) with links to hundreds.
We found Guitar Noise to be quite a treat, especially for those just learning to play the instrument. Guitar Noise features lessons using tablature for both easy and intermediate guitarists. Songs used in the lessons include a lot of popular favorites such as
Horse With No Name, Margaritaville, House of the Rising Sun, Imagine and many others. The Tab section includes articles on how to read, play and write tab and links to other web sites that feature tab exclusively. So while this isn't a guitar tab site per se (it's more of a lessons site), you'll find plenty of tabs here plus some great learning material. A fun place to learn to play guitar. Updated 6/21/2005.

The Guitar School
Instrumentation for: Classical Guitar
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
The Guitar School, founded by classical guitarist Eythor Thorlaksson, features hundreds of high quality classical guitar transcriptions. You'll find entire sheet music collections free for download, from beginner guitar studies to complex pieces for two, three or four guitars. Lots to choose from including classical guitar arrangements of music by Bach, Scarlatti, Albeniz and much more. Very highly recommended for classical guitarists. Updated 06/21/2005.

Just Worship
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Christian

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
While not the largest collection of Christian guitar tabs, Just Worship is a good one, featuring some of the most popular worship songs today. Fans of Vineyard music in particular, will rejoice at finding this site. Click on the Worship Songs link on the left to browse the alphabetical list of songs. Updated 05/09/2007.

KeyStave Music
Instrumentation for: Piano, Classical Guitar, Violin, Viola, Flute, Others
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
This high quality collection of sheet music manuscripts includes a wide range of classical pieces for a large variety of instruments, including classical guitar. Available in PDF format, sheet music is sorted by instrument, as well as composer and difficulty. In addition to popular works by the likes of Bach, Satie, Tarrega, and Debussy, you'll a very nice selection of technical exercises. So whether you want to work on your fingering, or start plucking away at Beethoven's Sonata in G, you'll find the means to do it here. Highly recommended. Updated 11/04/2002.

The Messenger Project
Instrumentation for: Guitar (Lead Sheets)
Categories: Christian

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
This web site from the fascinating 'Messenger Project' seeks to put the Bible to music. Currently there are 77 passages, from Genesis to Revelation, taken from the NIV Bible translation and put to music. Free sheet music is available for download for each of the songs, as well as free as free MP3 files (at of the recorded works. Updated 12/20/2007.

Noel, Noel, Noel
Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar Lead Sheets, Voice.
Categories: Christmas

Catalog Size: Small (10-25)
Noel, Noel, Noel is a beautiful website dedicated to the celebration of Christmas. Included in their free online offerings are over a dozen Christmas carols arranged both for each piano (with voice parts) as well as for guitar, with melody and chords. You'll find
Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, O Come All Ye Faithful, We Three Kings and others. Well worth visiting if only to view the site's original artwork. At Noel, Noel, Noel, you'll find lots of Christmas cheer to keep your days jolly. Updated 12/20/2007.

Paul's Free Guitar Scores
Instrumentation for: Classical Guitar
Categories: Classical, Original

Catalog Size: Medium (25-50)
Here's a great find for classical guitar players! Guitarist Paul Palmer has transcribed many of Scott Joplin's piano rags as well as Bach's keyboard works to guitar. You'll also find transcriptions for music by Grieg, Lamb and many of Paul's original works. All songs also include an MP3 so you can hear what it should sound like. Highly recommended! Added 04/05/2008.
Instrumentation for: Guitar Tablature, Bass Tablature
Categories: Christian
, Christmas, Kids
Catalog Size: Huge (6000+)
This fantastic web site features thousands of guitar and bass tabs for the Christian musician. You'll find over 4400 tabs by popular Christian artists (including all the big names) and over 1400 praise and worship tunes, all searchable by artist or song name. In addition, you'll find nearly 100 Christmas tunes, tunes for kids, transparencies and chord charts. One of the top sites in this category. Very highly recommended. Updated 05/06/2002.

PW Archive
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Christian Praise and Worship
Catalog Size: Huge (1000+)
A fantastic catalog of guitar tablature for contemporary praise and worship music. As of this writing, the PW Archive contains over 2400 tabs for both original and popular worship songs. The site is a wonderful resource for worship leaders, who can create and save their own worship music sets online. You can even view others' worship sets if you like. Also available is a great selection of articles on worship leading. Added 06/22/2005.

The Psalmistry: All Psalms Christian Music
Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar
Categories: Christian

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
The Psalmistry is a very welcome addition to the Free Sheet Music Guide. Here, you will find original lyrics, sheet music, guitar chords and midi and mp3 download files for all 150 Psalms in the Bible. Just pick your favorite psalm in the music index to view lyrics and download/listening options. Sheet music available in PDF or Noteworthy format. Added 07/29/2002.

Rockin' With The Cross
Instrumentation for: Guitar and Bass Tablature, Horns
Categories: Christian Rock and Pop
, Praise and Worship
Catalog Size: Huge (4000+)
RWTC features a huge collection of Christian rock, praise and worship tablature for guitar and bass. The collection is completely searchable, or if you prefer you can browse the alphabetical listings. You'll find tablature for tunes by DC Talk, Deliriou5, Jars of Clay, Jaci Velasquez, Rich Mullins, Sarah Masen and many, many more. Highly recommended for worship leaders or fans of Christian music.
Note: Rockin' With The Cross now charges a $2.95 monthly fee for access. We have opted to include the site in our listings anyway as it is a very good resource. You can view the complete song list before having to pay anything. Updated 07/16/2002

RUF Hymnbook Online Hymn Resource
Instrumentation for: Guitar Tablature, Lead Sheets, Piano
Categories: Hymns
Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
Here's a fantastic site containing modern arrangements of a large number of classic hymns. Downloads include chord charts, lead sheets and in many cases, piano sheet music. You can also listen to the songs demos. If you're a worship leader that loves hymns, and wants to lead them with a modern twist, here you go. Added 05/09/2007.
Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar (Tablature), Guitar (Lead Sheets)
Categories: Christian
, Original
Catalog Size: Very Large (500+)
Share Song features original worship and praise music composed by over 400 different worship leaders from around the world. Works are organized by author, as well as song title, most popular downloads and there is of course a searchable database. What makes Share Song particularly appealing is that a majority of the song listings include sheet music (PDFs), chort charts (tabs), MP3 files as well as lyric sheets for each song. In offering all these options Share Song pretty much offers all the tools a worship or praise leader might need. A fantastic resource. Updated 10/07/2002

Instrumentation for: Guitar and Bass Tablature
Categories: Popular, Rock, Alternative,

Catalog Size: Huge
TabCrawler is perhaps the most complete tab site we've ever reviewed here. Not only do they offer free guitar and bass tablature for thousands of popular songs, but they provide some extensive articles to help you understand how to read and play guitar tabs as well as other tips. There is also an active discussion forums covering a wide variety of music related topics. It's the perfect site for both beginner or master guitar players. Tabs browseable by band name, or searchable by band name and/or song title. Updated 12/20/2007.

Instrumentation for: Guitar Tablature
Categories: Popular, Rock, Alternative, Others

Catalog Size: Huge (Searches 850,000+ tabs)
TabRobot isn't a site so much as it is a meta-search engine which searches mulitple tab databases (such as GuitareTAB, Olga, Guitar Tab Universe and others) simultaneously. The end result is that rather than visiting several sites to find the guitar tab you're looking for, you can search in one single place. You can also browse by band name. A very extensive and useful resource. Verified 02/21/2008.

The Worship Archive
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Christian

Catalog Size: Very Large (500+)
The excellent Worship Archive contains a large catalog of worship songs in tab format. You can browse by author (Brian Doerksen, Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman), or by song title. Once you've found the song you want, you can instantly transpose it to a different key, or hide the chords so only the lyrics are displayed. Printable versions are a click away. Highly, highly recommended. Added 04/22/2003.

Your Christian Home: Praise and Worship Library
Instrumentation for: Guitar (Tablature)
Categories: Christian

Catalog Size: Very Large (500+)
This guitar tab archive of praise and worship music is a worship leaders dream. It features a large selection of today's favorite praise and worship tunes arranged alphabetically in *.txt format. The library is also searchable by song title, song text, or author. Updated 12/20/2007

Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar (solo and duo), Flute, Violin & More
Categories: Classical

Catalog Size: Huge (2000+)
At ZIMMUSIC you'll find a very large, searchable collection of classical works in Noteworthy and PDF format. There's a lot of great stuff here, by a wide variety of composers, many of whom are not represented well elsewhere on the Internet. Highly recommended due to the variety and uniqueness of the sheet music library. Updated 07/02/2007.

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