Ricardo Gallen is a Spanish guitarist that currently teaches in Weimar, Germany. Apart from being an excellent musician, he has several unique approaches to playing and teaching the guitar, which we discuss in this in-depth interview.

You can find out more about Ricardo at his website:

http://ricardogallen.com/en/

 

As for the challenge I mentioned in the introduction, here it is:

 

Ricardo and I talked about the importance of listening to, becoming familiar with, some greats of western classical music. So, I will put three pieces below that are cornerstones of repertory. To really enjoy these, I recommend purchasing a recording and setting aside some time to really immerse yourself. But, if a youtube version is what you would prefer, I will put some links below. They are long pieces, so you might want to make some time for yourself, and enjoy the full performance.

 

If you do take me up on this challenge I would love to hear any thoughts or reflections below.

 

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

Frederic Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1

J.S. Bach, B Minor Mass