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Douglas Niedt's (pronounced "neet") mission is to make you a better classical guitarist.
Online classical guitar instruction and lessons on the Internet since 2002.
Doug's arrangement for SOLO GUITAR
of Vivaldi's gorgeous LARGO
from Concerto in D Major RV 93
The Largo, without a doubt, is a piece of touching beauty. In the original version, the lute carries a melodic line of noble but peaceful simplicity, while the violins, bass, and continuo provide harmonic support.
In this standalone arrangement for solo guitar, Doug added bass notes from Vivaldi's bass part plus filled in the harmony from the continuo accompaniment and violin parts. It is beautiful on its own without any accompaniment. However, should you need orchestral accompaniment, Doug provides 10 REAL orchestra tracks at different tempos.
Doug also provides detailed performance instructions, historical background on the concerto, The Fascinating Story of Antonio Vivaldi, and much more. It is all FREE. Visit the Vivaldi page.
READERS' RECENT FAVORITES
GIRL FROM IPANEMA
Antônio Carlos Jobim
This is Douglas Niedt's outstanding arrangement of the famous song. It is a bossa nova classic— a gentle fusion of cool jazz and Brazilian samba. One of the sexiest songs ever written, it is a master class in consensual seduction. Standard notation, standard notation + tab, and tab only.Take me to the Girl from Ipanema page.
The CANARIOS Page
Canarios, by Gaspar Sanz, has always been a favorite piece of mine. I made a fantastic Canarios webpage for you. It has four super arrangements of the song (Williams, Parkening, Bream, and Bonell), videos, a 28-minute video tutorial on adding rasgueados to the piece, the original manuscripts, and lots of fascinating information. And IT'S ALL FREE! Take me to the Canarios page.
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- Online Live Video Lessons. These classical guitar lessons are for everyone, from the weekend hacker to the advanced player. Learn from a master teacher with over 50 years of teaching experience.
- The Ultimate Note Recognition Trainer and Introduction to Music Notation. The most in-depth Note Recognition Course on the planet. And it's FREE! Begin your journey on the road to Guitar Fretboard Literacy. Learn to recognize the notes on the musical staff and the basics of music notation.
- The Ultimate Fretboard Trainer. The most in-depth Fretboard Training Course on the planet. And it's FREE! It is time to learn your fretboard once and for all. The Ultimate Fretboard Trainer teaches you the notes' locations on the fretboard AND what they look like on the musical staff. Begin your journey on the road to Guitar Fretboard Literacy now.
- Sit In With The Rhythm Section. Free specialized rhythm training for the classical guitarist. Deeply internalize a sense of steady time so you can "Hold a Tempo" and "Play In The Pocket". Over 100 free video exercises.
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Douglas Niedt is a successful concert and recording artist and highly respected master classical guitar teacher with 50 years of teaching experience. He is Associate Professor of Music (retired), at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City and retired Fellow of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management—Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Doug studied with such diverse masters as Andrés Segovia, Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening, Narciso Yepes, Oscar Ghiglia, and Jorge Morel. Therefore, Doug provides solutions for you from a variety of perspectives and schools of thought.
He gives accurate, reliable advice that has been tested in performance on the concert stage that will work for you at home.
NEW! Douglas Niedt's GUITAR FRETBOARD LITERACY PROJECT
Yes, you can learn to play the guitar by only reading tablature or playing by ear. But when you confidently know the notes on your fretboard and know what they look like on the musical staff, your musical life will be more fulfilling, and you will be more confident in yourself and your musical abilities. Doug offers two FREE courses to start you on your journey to fretboard literacy.
and Introduction to Music Notation. The most in-depth Note Recognition Course on the planet. And it's FREE! Learn to recognize the notes on the musical staff and the basics of music notation.
The most in-depth Fretboard Training Course on the planet. And it's FREE! It is time to learn your fretboard once and for all. The Ultimate Fretboard Trainer teaches you the notes' locations on the fretboard AND what they look like on the musical staff.
Doug's Arrangements and Sheet Music
- In Heavenly Peace, beautiful arrangements
from Doug's wonderful Christmas CD
- Girl from Ipanema
- Amazing Grace
- God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
- PLAY IT LIKE A PRO™, sheet music
- Doug's easy-to-play FREE Christmas arrangements
- Pure Magic, CD
- In Heavenly Peace, Christmas CD
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