Classical Guitar Instruction with Douglas Niedt
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Music Theory and

Ear Training

for Guitarists


Try these trainers
for your ears
and brain

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Music Theory for Guitarists

Doug recommends these games to brush up on your music theory for guitar

These new versions work on all Windows and Mac desktops and laptops.
But, they may not display well on some tablets and phones.

  1. Guitar fretboard trainer. It's time. You need to learn the guitar fretboard.
  2. Note trainer. Improve your recognition of the notes on the music staff.
  3. Key trainer. Learn to quickly recognize the major and minor key signatures.
  4. Interval recognition trainer. Learn to recognize written intervals on the music staff.
  5. Chord recognition trainer. Learn to recognize written triads on the music staff.
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Ear Training for Guitarists

These games are fun and great for improving your ear.

These new versions work on all Windows and Mac desktops and laptops.
But, they may not display well on some tablets and phones.

  1. Interval ear training game. This is a fantastic game to improve your aural recognition of intervals.
  2. Guitar scales ear training game. This game plays guitar scales for you to recognize by ear. Major scales, minor scales,
    modes—they're all here!
  3. Guitar chords ear training game. This is a game in aural recognition of up to 15 different chord-types in all their inversions. Not for the faint-of-heart.

Our sincere thanks to Ricci Adams, the developer, who makes these games available free to the public.
More can be found at his great website: musictheory.net.
Also, thanks to guitarist John Horne for making us aware of their existence.

Animal Playing Drums Rhythm Section

Come Sit In With
The Rhythm Section

Specialized rhythm training for the classical guitarist.

The goal is to help you to deeply internalize a sense of steady time. You will learn to feel and maintain a steady pulse internally, so you can stay in the pocket and hold the tempo.

This free training (over 100 exercise videos) is focused on two essential elements of rhythm and tempo:

  1. The ability to "Play in the Pocket" or Groove.
    You know it when you hear it. When a performer or ensemble is in the groove, the effect is magical.
  2. The ability to "Hold a Tempo".
    In other words, being able to play accurately and steadily in time, maintaining an even tempo over the course of a piece.

Douglas Niedt's Online Metronome for Classical Guitarists

Douglas Niedt's ONLINE METRONOME for Classical Guitarists.

Be careful using online metronomes!
Many use Adobe Flash which has security vulnerabilities.
Some even try to direct you to malicious webpages.

This metronome is safe and easy to use.
If you experience any difficulties with it, please let us know by sending us an email through the Chat Box at the left.