Classical guitar songs
with Juan Manuel Ruiz Pardo
These lessons are studied explicitly for intermediate and advanced players to experience how to bring the magic of pop songs into classical guitar technique. Therefore you will be able to play according to all the academical and traditional ways in a different and modern dimension.
Each song/lesson contains the performance by the teacher, 5 to 7 tutorials plus the score and tabs.
Play the famous Michael Jackson song “Billie Jean”
Running time 57′ in 7 chapters
Graffic tabs all along – Downloadable PDF
Learn the famous Pink Floyd song “Wish you were here”
Running time 55′ in 6 chapters
PDF included – Graphics tabs all along
Play the famous Beatles song “Here comes the sun”
Running time 58′ in 5 chapters
Graphic Tabs all along – Downloadable PDF included
How to play the famous Eric Clapton song “Tears in Heaven”
Running time 44′ in 6 chapters
PDF included – Graphic tabs all along
“It looks really good, very thorough and comprehensive. Not rushed, a patient, calm teacher. I am perhaps a little below the standard that is required for this level, but for me, it works and I can learn how to play this piece with time. Very happy so far.”
Juan Manuel Ruiz is a performer, arranger and teacher from Murcia, Spain. He was awarded to follow postgraduate studies with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London), where he developed a monographic on the guitar Works of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Juan won 1st Prize at the XIV Concurso Internacional “Martín Códax” (Cuenca) and was awarded at the 2nd Aveiro Internacional Guitar Festival (Portugal).
Arrangements/compositions – A very active arranger, his transcription for four guitars of Prokofiev´s “Classical” Symphony deserved a public greeting from Leo Brouwer, for whom he performed it at the X “Semana de la Guitarra” from Cartagena. He premiered his “Three Gigues” for guitar and orchestra both as composer and soloist at the 7th Lliria Chamber Music Festival (Valencia).
Education – He studied at the Murcia & Madrid Conservatories with Manuel Díaz Cano and Demetrio Ballesteros. Further teachers include Leo Brouwer, Alirio Díaz, David Russell, Manuel Estévez (guitar), Ralph Towner, Máximo Diego Pujol and Pierre Bensusan (composition), Chema Vílchez and Mariano Díaz (jazz).
Teaching – He has been guitar teacher at the “Victoria de Los Ángeles” Conservatory (Madrid); at present, he teaches at the Cartagena Professional Conservatory and offers masterclasses on arranging, performance and improvisation. Juan has recorded a series of instructional videos for Cicerone Music & Art on his arrangements of pop & rock repertoire and has released 2 CDs: “Chopin para Guitarra” and “Rara Avis”,