IMSLP: The Best Online Source for Free Guitar Scores

If you’ve moved beyond tabs and are looking for a reliable source for classical guitar scores, I highly recommend IMSLP Petrucci Music Library.

IMSLP offers more than 5,000 scores for guitar, including the most well-known suites and compositions from famous composers.

Note: If you’re looking for my scores, please refer to the “Sheet Music” tab in the website menu or click here.

A list of well-known guitar composers with links to their guitar scores can be found below.

artistic classical sheet music notation

For some pieces, IMSLP may offer several versions of the score. Make sure to check the ratings and reviews for each, and most importantly- play through some of the piece to determine if you personally like the fingering and notation style!

You may also need to click the “Arrangements and Transcriptions” tab to access the guitar score if it has been notated for various instruments.

How to Download a Score on IMSLP

Once you click on the name of a piece, you will be taken to a page that has a breakdown of information about the piece that looks like this:

Example of a score webpage on IMSLP free sheet music website

Then, you click on the “Complete Score” link, you will be taken to an intermediary page with a prompt to donate to IMSLP.

Next, you just have to wait approximately 15 seconds to continue to your download OR you can skip the wait time by offering a donation to IMSLP. Here are what those screens look like:

Download screen for the free music score website IMSLP
Wait for up to 15 seconds OR preferably donate to IMSLP
Continue to your download screen IMSLP website free guitar scores
The “Click here to continue your download” button link appears after the timer runs out

After that your browser should allow you view the PDF directly in your web browser. You can the download the score or print it yourself.

Keep in mind these scores are for your own use, and should comply with the IMSLP Creative Commons Attribution License ( If you would like to contribute to IMSLP, you can find out more information here.

You can link to the complete list of guitar scores category here.

Here are links to other well-known composer’s guitar scores:

Aguado, Dionisio

Albéniz, Isaac

Arcas, Julián

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Barrios, Agustín

Carcassi, Matteo

Carulli, Ferdinando

Coste, Napoléon

Dowland, John

Falla, Manuel de

Giuliani, Mauro

Granados, Enrique

Legnani, Luigi

Llobet, Miguel

Mertz, Johann Kaspar

Nazareth, Ernesto

Paganini, Niccolò

Ponce, Manuel

Regondi, Giulio

Sagreras, Julio Salvador

Sanz, Gaspar

Scarlatti, Domenico

Schubert, Franz

Sor, Fernando

Tárrega, Francisco

Turina, Joaquín

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Weiss, Silvius Leopold

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Published by Jonathan Richter

Classical guitarist, teacher and ethnomusicologist based in Atlanta, GA

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