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"Renaissance Music for Guitar" by Allan Alexander is a book that will appeal to many types of guitarists. First, the book provides a quick overview of the history of the guitar and lute, plus examples of early tablature for the lute. For the intermediate student who wants to build up their repertoire with high quality pieces while exploring renaissance music, the book is perfect. Most of the pieces are readily accessible by an intermediate student. These are tunes you will want to play over and over, so learning them is a pleasurable experience. For the professional that is looking to expand their repertoire for jobs, this book is ideal. Allan has played professionally for years and understands the constant need for new material. Although most of these pieces are readily accessible to the professional, they are very high quality and will withstand repeated performance.
The book comes with a CD. This Compact Disc contains almost 70 minutes of digitally mastered music. All the pieces in the book are performed by the author, a few of them on the lute. This is important. It's an easy way to find the music that you like, and at the same time, it speeds the learning process.