Member Spotlight: Rick Lord

///Member Spotlight: Rick Lord

Member Spotlight: Rick Lord

In this month’s Classical Guitar Corner Academy Member Spotlight we’re featuring member Rick Lord. Rick has been a member at CGC Academy for almost exactly a year! Rick is an exceptionally gifted player and his YouTube page has examples of many performances, all of which are high quality. The below video is a performance of “Capricho Árabe” by Francisco Tárrega and it shows a great deal of progress and polish on the piece from where Rick first started with it.

Toward the end of next month Rick will be giving a public recital, fulfilling one of his goals from his progress journal at CGCA. Offer your congratulations to Rick in the comments below!

“Capricho Árabe” was composed by Francisco Tárrega in 1892 after a visit to Granada (which is of course home to the Arab palace and fortress “La Alhambra”). The title bears the dedication to his friend Tomás Bretón, also a Spanish composer and conductor. Capricho (along with Tárrega’s other “Alhambrismo” pieces, Danza Mora and Recuerdos de la Alhambra) is a wonderful example of the deep Arabic influences common to Spain’s nationalistic music, but also of the romanticism of late-nineteenth-century music in general.

2018-03-21T14:52:15+00:0025 Comments


  1. Kari March 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Rick, your playing is sublime. Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    Heartfelt applause!

  2. Mark March 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, Rick, that ROCKS!!

    Thanks for the inspiring performance,


  3. Richard Goldblatt March 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Bravo Rick! I plan to work on this piece.

  4. Sharon McGroder March 21, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I need a CD of your music, Rick! So beautiful, ethereal.

  5. Karen Kucik March 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!

  6. Trisha Scott March 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Holy Crap! That is awesome!

  7. Johan Gebben March 21, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Beautifully played, Rick. Glad to see you are using the Barnett Guitar Support. I have one, also, and it works great. I just hope to be able to play a piece like this in my lifetime. How long have you been playing? The tone was awesome and very musical. I’m surprised I haven’t heard any of your work on the site before. Keep submitting, please.

    • Jeannette Wilton March 23, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Rick,
      I really enjoyed your performance.
      How are you able to play without sheet music?

  8. Tiff March 21, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Wow, you played that so beautifully! I tried to master this many years ago and never could play the middle section well.

  9. Linda Tsardakas March 22, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Beautiful playing as always!

  10. Anne Flanigan March 22, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Rick. So beautiful…

  11. Fleur March 22, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful playing, lovely rich tone colours – just lovely!!

  12. Rick Lord March 24, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Thank you all for the kind words. It’s wonderful to be part of this learning community.

  13. Martha Kreipke March 25, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Rick – I always look forward to your videos. Please keep posting them – they are such a joy. Best of luck with your upcoming recital.

  14. joannes March 26, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Hi Rick,

    Beautifully played worth a public recital.
    full of detail and nuances, an inspiration to all of us;


  15. Mark March 26, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Congratulations Rick, on yet another superb performance! Best of luck with your recital.

  16. Gino April 6, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Wow! Amazing! Very beautifully played Rick! I enjoyed a lot!

  17. Whitmore Robert April 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Rick just beautiful.
    Enjoyed that very much.

  18. Lynda April 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I just love listening to you make music, Rick and this was really beautiful. Thank you!

  19. Ruben Viramontes April 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    This is the most beautiful I have ever heard this , wow !!!

  20. Heli April 22, 2018 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Ontroerend mooi
    Dank U

  21. Nick April 23, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Hello Rick

    Thanks for a most enjoyable listen. it was quite a captivating performance….Bravo!

  22. vincent thompson April 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Congrats Rick,
    This is one of my all-time favorite pieces. I’ve been practicing this intermittently for some time. I hope one day soon to be able to play this at least half as smoothly and beautifully as you do. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. Julie watson May 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    One word – gorgeous!

  24. David G Stapleton June 9, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Hey there, Rick,

    Got the link to your performance video from our friend, Bishop Right Reverend Dr. Frank and really enjoyed seeing and hearing you again.

    Great work playing! I remember playing together in Potomac as one evening’s only appearance. How’s your brother Rob doing? Still drumming? The guitar you played in this video looks almost exactly the same as my only instrument at the time. Yours sounds better though.

    Now I’m practicing Bluegrass with some friends in an independent retirement community on my ES-335 and my Martin. Do you still play your D-28?

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