Here’s a track from the film showcasing some of Ricardo’s playing. We actually started this off with mandolin. I wanted to create sort of a bed of mandolin strumming to add texture. Then he pulled out his guitar and went to town.
I just wrote out the chords (in Do Re Mi format) and I told him the rhythm I wanted (which is actually an Argentinean/Spanish rhythm). Later I added different percussion to accent the rhythm. (Believe it or not, the bassy drum is actually an empty water jug.)
I would guide his dynamics by just using my hand as he played, a form of conducting I suppose.
Hope you enjoy.
P.S. I encourage that you use some good stereo headphones for this and all recordings so you can really get the whole stereo picture.