Author Douglas Niedt

Author Douglas Niedt

Guitarist Douglas Niedt is a recording and concert artist. In his many years of teaching, Professor Niedt realized that most of his students had no clue how to develop a successful career in music. Douglas decided to write How to Make a Million Dollars Playing the Guitar to help his students and others experience the joy, fulfillment, and financial success he has received from his life in music. He is currently working on making his second million dollars playing the guitar while having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.

A native of St. Louis, Douglas began his study of the guitar at the age of seven with his father, an amateur guitarist. He later polished his playing to gem-like brilliance through studies at the Juilliard School and the Segovia Master Classes in Spain, and with Christopher Parkening, Narciso Yepes, and Jorge Morel.

He made his New York debut at the age of twenty-one in Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then he has appeared before enthusiastic audiences across the country, prompting one critic to write, “Mr. Niedt is not only a brilliant master of his instrument, but a performer of great sensitivity. The wealth of sound and the dynamic finesse which he elicits from the guitar promise to make him a worthy companion of the few great guitarists such as Andres Segovia and Julian Bream.”

His fabulous CDs, “Pure Magic” and “In Heavenly Peace” (Christmas CD) are available on and his website Also available on his website is his performance video, Douglas Niedt–American Virtuoso, his books of published arrangements, Classic Guitar Artistry and Virtuoso Visions, and his teaching series, Play It Like a Pro™.

Recognized for his excellence in teaching, he is head of the guitar program of the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is a strong advocate for music entrepreneurship and is a Fellow of the UMKC Bloch School of Management’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Douglas Niedt is the author of How to Make a Million Dollars Playing the Guitar: A No-Nonsense Guitarist’s Guide to Making a Living in the Music Business. In the book, he shares real world advice that can help any guitarist, musician or singer take control of their career and financial success.