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A Classical Guitar Christmas

NEW! Jingle Bells

Watch Doug play his fantastic arrangement of Jingle Bells

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Original arrangement for piano by Doug Hammer as recorded on his CD, Christmas Lights. Guitar adaptation by Douglas Niedt

Also watch Doug play his magical arrangement of Sleigh Ride

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Douglas Niedt, In Heavenly Peace CD

In Heavenly Peace CD

Douglas Niedt's In Heavenly Peace CD contains some of the most moving and creative solo guitar music ever recorded.

Doug spent two years researching Christmas music, composing these arrangements, and recording them for your enjoyment. Listen and experience for yourself the wonder, joy, and profound glory of Christmas.

A special 12-page booklet is included in the CD detailing the stories behind the Christmas music.

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In Heavenly Peace

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Douglas Niedt, In Heavenly Peace Music Book

In Heavenly Peace
Complete Book of Christmas Music

This is a beautifully produced book (in PDF format) of the printed sheet music from Doug's Christmas CD, In Heavenly Peace. The arrangements are note-for-note and thoroughly fingered exactly as Doug plays them on the recording, no compromises!

In standard notation only, sorry no tablature.

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Look inside the book

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See the first page of each arrangement.

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Individual Arrangements from
In Heavenly Peace

If you can't buy the entire book, you can purchase some individual arrangements from Doug's Christmas CD, In Heavenly Peace.

Each song is printed in two versions: one in standard notation and one in both standard notation and tab.

Each song is only $6.00. There is no shipping charge. We will email you a link to the PDF file within 24 hours. This is not an automated service. We attend personally to every order, so please be patient.

Click on a song title below to see a sample page of the sheet music, listen to soundclips, or order the music.

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)

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Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson)

Watch Doug play Sleigh Ride:

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In the Bleak Midwinter I (Gustav Holst)

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter II

(by Harold Darke)

PLAY IT LIKE A PRO™

Doug recorded two versions of this beautiful carol on his Christmas CD, In Heavenly Peace. This is the second version.

The PLAY IT LIKE A PRO™ format includes three detailed instructional videos to help you play In the Bleak Midwinter like a pro. Doug demonstrates how to play the piece measure by measure and explains all the technical and musical details required to play the piece on a professional level.

The package includes four versions of the score (in standard notation and tab) including an annotated version with detailed instructions on how to play this beautiful Christmas song with pro-level execution.

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O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel

This is a beautiful arrangement of the carol. I have an easier version and an advanced version.



Listen to Doug play the two versions.



O Come Oh Come Emmanuel (easier version) by Douglas Niedt


O Come Oh Come Emmanuel (advanced version) by Douglas Niedt

YOU RECEIVE BOTH VERSIONS IN THREE FLAVORS:

1. Standard notation
2. Standard notation plus tab
3. An annotated version (in standard notation plus tab) with detailed performance instructions.

PLUS:

You will receive 1 video of me teaching you how to play the easier arrangement
and 3 (!) videos of me teaching you how to play the advanced arrangement.


Here is a sample video clip from one of the four detailed instructional videos that come with the sheet music package.



The Story of O Come O Come Emmanuel.
By Dr. Jeff Sanders


I have loved singing this song at Christmas time. The tune is slow and majestic and "haunting" and thrilling. The theology of the words is impeccable. The song is ancient. . . . and the author is unknown. We have no idea who wrote this. Just some monk sometime before 800 A.D. A time in history we often call "the Dark Ages." Civilization, it seemed, had broken down and mankind was sliding backwards into more chaos, ignorance, pestilence, and unending warfare. But someone, somewhere in a monastery in Europe, penned a song that would reach across the ages to encourage and thrill millions even in the 21st century. Who knew?

During those "Dark Ages" the Bible was inaccessible for most people. But the monk who composed this song must have had a full and rich knowledge of Scripture. The song displays a wealth of phrases from Old Testament prophecies that speak of the coming of the Messiah. He is "the rod of Jesse," the "Dayspring from on high," the "Key of David," and "Wisdom from on high." For the people of the Medieval world who did not have a Bible to read, this was a teaching tool, expressing the hope and truth of Christmas--- the fulfillment of ancient prophecies in the birth of Christ.

But how did this tune become so popular worldwide? In the early 19th century an Anglican priest named John Mason Neale was reading through an ancient book of hymns called the "Psalteroium Cantionum Catholicarum." (Some people golf for relaxation; Fr. Neale read ancient hymns I suppose.) Rev. Neale was a brilliant, but frail gentleman. He could write and speak over twenty languages (!), and should have been a leading scholar/preacher of the Anglican church. Apparently many were jealous of his intellectual prowess, and so through political chicanery he was shunted off to labor in some forgotten church in the Madeira islands near Africa.

But he did not despair.

On a paltry salary he established an orphanage, a school for girls, and a ministry to evangelize and reclaim prostitutes. And while he was tirelessly educating and evangelizing, Rev. Neale came across this hymn of faith in a Latin text. The tune that went with the text was from a 15th century French Franciscan convent of nuns ministering in Portugal. Rev. Neale easily translated the Latin into English and gave the world a song. Soon his translation made it to England, and from there "across the pond" to America and around the world.

A gift was penned by unnamed monks over 1200 years ago. Given a tune by nuns in an obscure convent. Rediscovered by a forgotten evangelist off the coast of Africa. The song of Emmanuel--- "God with us." Hidden for centuries but now enjoyed by millions worldwide. No one does it alone. God is the One who orchestrates history. And the theme of His song is "Emmanuel."

O Come Thou Dayspring come and cheer/ our spirits by Thine Advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night/ and death's dark shadows put to flight;
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.

THE PACKAGE

The sheet music package includes SIX VERSIONS of the score:

1. Easier Version in standard notation
2. Easier Version in standard notation and tab
3. Easier Version annotated score with detailed performance instructions in standard notation and tab
4. Advanced Version in standard notation
5. Advanced Version in standard notation and tab
6. Advanced Version annotated score with detailed performance instructions in standard notation and tab

PLUS, you receive four detailed instructional videos to help you learn the piece.

Only $6.00. Note: This arrangement is free for subscribers to my Technique Tip of the Month.

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Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Traditional French Carol

Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle in French) was originally not a song to be sung at Christmas, but rather dance music for French nobility. Fourteenth-century French socials often included the ritournelle, a lively court dance. The melody used for Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella is one such ritournelle melody. It is believed to have originated in the 16th century in the Provence region of France. The lyrics are said to have originated in either Anjou or Burgundy. They were paired with the melody and first published in 1553 by a wealthy nobleman in Cantiques de Premiere Advenement de Jesus-Christ. The carol was subsequently translated into English in the 18th century.

The carol tells the story of two milkmaids, Jeanette and Isabella, who went to a stable in Bethlehem to milk the cows only to find the baby Jesus sleeping in the hay. They were so filled with excitement that they took their torches and ran to the village to spread the news of the newborn Christ child. The townspeople came with their own torches to view the sight for themselves. However, they had to keep their voices down so little Jesus could enjoy his dreams. To this day in the Provence region, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to church on Christmas Eve while singing the carol.

Watch me play the carol.

Be sure to watch the video on full screen.
Click the symbol to the right of "HD" in the lower right-hand corner after the video begins playing.
Hit escape "ESC" on your keyboard to return to normal viewing.

You may download the video.



THE MUSIC PACKAGE

The music package includes:
1. Background essay about the carol
2. Notation Key
3. Score in standard notation and tab
4. Score in standard notation only. (Three pages fit nicely on a music stand.)
5. Annotated score in standard notation and tab. Contains instructions to help you play the carol.
6. Annotated score in standard notation.

Only $6.00. Note: This arrangement is free for subscribers to my Technique Tip of the Month.

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Cradle Song

Traditional Flemish Carol

Cradle Song

This is a Flemish traditional carol. The arrangement is based on a choral arrangement by John Rutter. Standard notation and tab.

Watch me play the carol.

Be sure to watch the video on full screen.
Click the symbol to the right of "HD" in the lower right-hand corner after the video begins playing.
Hit escape "ESC" on your keyboard to return to normal viewing.

You may download the video the video from this page.



Listen to Doug Perform Cradle Song

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Cradle Song (Flemish Traditional Carol) Douglas Niedt, Guitar


The music package includes the score in standard notation and standard notation plus tab.

Only $6.00. Note: This arrangement is free for subscribers to my Technique Tip of the Month.

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There is no shipping charge.
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Christmas Dove

Christmas Carols for Guitar. FREE!

Easy and Intermediate-Level Arrangements
Free sheet music and free MP3s.

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

This fairly easy-to-play but beautiful arrangement of Away in a Manger is Doug's Christmas gift for you. It is in standard notation and tab. Doug's performance of the carol may be downloaded as a free MP3.
Take me to the Away in a Manger page.

The First Noel

The First Noel

This is one of Doug's favorite Christmas carols. This easy-to-play arrangement is in standard notation and tab. Doug's performance of the arrangement may be downloaded as an MP3. The arrangement and MP3 are free, a Christmas gift to you!
Take me to the The First Noel page.

Lady Greensleeves

Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)

A gift of Christmas music. Download Doug's classical guitar arrangement of this timeless classic. In addition to the version in standard notation and tab, Doug provides an annotated version with detailed performance instructions on how to play this beautiful Christmas song. The sheet music and MP3 are free. Merry Christmas!
Take me to the Greensleeves page.

Silent Night

Silent Night

This is an easy-to-play guitar arrangement of this Christmas classic. The sheet music is in standard notation and tab. Also, you may download Doug's recording of this timeless Christmas carol for free.
Take me to the Silent Night page.

The Three Wisemen

We Three Kings

A gift of Christmas music for you. This is an intermediate-level arrangement. Download the arrangement and Doug's performance of this beautiful Christmas song. In standard notation and tab.
Take me to the We Three Kings page.

I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships

Doug provides you with three versions of this arrangement. One is an easy-to-play version. He also includes an intermediate version with more adventurous harmonies and a slightly more difficult version with a section in artificial harmonics. Also included are recordings of the three versions.
Take me to the I Saw Three Ships page.




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O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Cradle Song