About Doug Sparling

Doug graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Technology and a minor in music, with an emphasis in theory/composition. He has released two independent EP/CDs and his first full-length studio CD will be released later this year. Doug is also an arranger/composer for the Old Mission United Methodist Church and teaches a beginners guitar class. For more on Doug and to hear some of his music, visit his site.

Dec14

This lesson is a simple DADGAD arrangement of a very well-known, traditional French Christmas Carol titled Il est né, which translates to He Is Born.

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Aug01

Also known as Are You Sleeping Brother John, this has to be one of the best known children’s songs in the world. Doug brings up a fun and thoughtful arrangement of this favorite song.

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Dec22

Here’s a wonderful simple and sparse arrangement of this traditional song from the Outer Hebrides. It’s a beautiful song and, like Doug, you’ll be thrilled to add it to your holiday repertoire.

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Dec01

Doug brings us another beautiful Christmas carol, arranged in standard tuning. This one is quite catchy and Doug also gives us a fascinating bit of history concerning the history of Christmas carols in Britain.

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Oct31

Here is a beautiful Christmas hymn, wonderfully arranged in DADGAD tuning for us by Doug Sparling. What a great way to kick off the holiday season!

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Aug15

GN’s favorite Celtic lesson writer returns with a jig in his step. Here’s a sprightly air in 6/8 time to challenge you and delight your ears!

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Jul20

Our favorite arranger of Celtic music takes a short summer vacation and brings Guitar Noise readers a little bag of rock guitar riffs based on repeated phrases of notes. These are easy, fun and will add some spice to your soloing. Enjoy!

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May30

Doug takes a break from finger-style guitar to bring us a few lessons in flatpicking. In addition to a terrific arrangement of a Celtic reel, you’ll learn a little more about timing and ornamentation, specifically the staccato triplet.

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