Classical Guitar Instruction with Douglas Niedt

Douglas Niedt's
Fabulous Fingerings

Douglas Niedt, guitarist



  • My fabulous fingerings are not necessarily the easiest fingerings to play.
  • They may be easier or they may be much more difficult than other standard fingerings.
  • But, they are what SOUND BEST.

Classical Guitar Technique

FABULOUS FINGERINGS

Prelude in D Minor (BWV 999) by J.S. Bach

By Douglas Niedt

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The piece is written as an arpeggio throughout. But, beginning at measure #31, many editions of the piece show a fingering with slurs which break up the arpeggio sound of the preceding measures:

Douglas Niedt Fabulous Fingering Bach Prelude Dm Ex 1

This fingering sounds, in a word, stupid. It makes measures 31 through 34 sound completely out-of-place.

Here, I will show you:





Other guitarists have come along with improved fingerings that preserve the arpeggio texture. But the fingerings sound noisy and disjointed. They are also difficult to play fast and contain a very difficult stretch in measure #34:

Douglas Niedt Fabulous Fingering Bach Prelude Dm Ex 2

Watch, I will show you the problems with this fingering:





The preceding fingering can be improved by eliminating a few guide fingers and shifts. But there are still large jumps required of the left hand, finger noises, and the difficult stretch in measure #34:

Douglas Niedt Fabulous Fingering Bach Prelude Dm Ex 3

Watch, I will show you the problems you will still have with this fingering:





My FABULOUS FINGERING corrects the deficiencies of the other solutions. Not only does it sound great, but it is easy to play, even at fast speeds:

Douglas Niedt Fabulous Fingering Bach Prelude Dm Ex 4

This is a great fingering. Watch: