Douglas Niedt

Douglas Niedt

WHAT I'M DOING NOW

NEW! "Michelle"

For you Beatles fans, I have a new arrangement of "Michelle" for solo guitar. The sheet music package includes TWO beautiful arrangements of the Beatles classic. The advanced version retains McCartney's bass lines, harmonies, and the guitar parts. The intermediate version simplifies the bass line and is more fingerstyle-friendly throughout. Both versions are in standard notation, standard notation + tab, and tab only. Check it out here.

NEW and FREE! "La Paloma"

"La Paloma," is the most recorded Spanish song in history. This delightful arrangement by Pepe Romero is based upon that by Francisco Tárrega. The free 55-page PDF includes the Romero arrangement, Tárrega's arrangement, Tárrega's handwritten manuscript, versions in the key of A major, and much more. IT'S ALL FREE!

FINISHED: My Fretboard Literacy Project

After three years, I finished my Fretboard Literacy Project, which consists of the Ultimate Note Recognition Trainer/Introduction to Music Notation Course, and the Ultimate Fretboard Trainer. They are the most in-depth fretboard training courses on the planet. And both are free!

PLAY IT LIKE A PRO™

Now that I finished the Fretboard Literacy Project, I can get back to adding more titles to my Play It Like a Pro™ series. I started work on "Sounds of the Bells" by Pernambuco. I hope to finish it in a few months.

WEBSITE

1. I redesigned my free online metronome. I added a new volume control knob. As a tribute to Spinal Tap, it goes to 11!

I just added THE KANDINSKY MUSIC EXPERIMENT to the website. This music composition app is an unusual addition. Programmers working with Google's Chrome Music Lab were inspired by Russian abstract artist Kandinsky to create this very fun music composition app.

COOKING

Lamb loin chops are outstanding at any time of year. This time I kept it simple. I seasoned them (salt, pepper, and rosemary), seared them, threw them in the oven, let them rest for 10 minutes, and served them. Superb.

MY GUITAR PRACTICING

I practice 2-6 hours every day, working on new material, and always staying in shape and maintaining my old repertoire.

TEACHING

I'm teaching lots of video lessons, and private in-person lessons.

GARDENING

I completed planting the 2000 flowering annuals I grew under lights in the basement out in the garden. The garden looks gorgeous. But now that summer is here, I'm fighting disease and pestilence and weeding. And with the temperatures in the 90s and 100s, watering like crazy.

TECHNIQUE TIP OF THE MONTH

I just finished my July Technique Tip of the Month. Until now, most of my tips on "How to Learn a Piece on the Classical Guitar" have focused on the science behind learning and practice tools. In Part 12, I begin discussing Basic Practice Procedures.


Updated July 21, 2022
Leawood, Kansas USA