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How to Play Bach

Taught by acclaimed lutenist and educator Nigel North

Gain new insights on how to play J.S. Bach’s music on guitar with authenticity and sensitivity. Take your guitar skills to a higher realm with a fresh, historically-informed approach to Baroque music.  

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Play Bach on guitar, the way it was meant to be.

Many guitarists aspire to play the enchanting melodies of J.S. Bach well. But how do you strike the balance of an authentic, yet artistic and original performance?

Now there’s a roadmap. Celebrated lutenist and professor Nigel North — with his scholarly insights on classical guitar, Baroque music, and the ancient art of rhetoric — will open your eyes to relevant, powerful ways to render Bach on guitar. Tap this well of musical sophistication, and you’ll soon play Bach with more historical fidelity and vibrancy than ever.

  • See how you can apply Baroque sensibilities to specific works and your own playing.

  • Discover how “right” and “wrong” notes are defined from the Baroque perspective.

  • Explore how attention to meter, phrasing, and articulation can elevate your playing of Bach.

Meet your instructor

Nigel North

Nigel North is an educator of unmatched range and versatility. Known as one of the world’s foremost experts in the lute, he brings to bear deep wisdom on Baroque music and string instruments, which classical guitarists of all levels can benefit from. In early childhood, North studied violin and guitar, before honing in on the lute as his main passion at the age of 15. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, under the tutelage of John Williams and Carlos Bonnel for classical guitar, Francis Baines for viola da gamba, and Diana Poulton for lute, graduating with distinction in lute performance.

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