My teaching approach: I have a 30 year successful track record of teaching as well as 35 years of professional recording and writing for major record labels & live performance touring with national acts in the rock and blues genres. I am patient, positive, energetic, analytical, thourough and punctual. I teach beginner to professional levels. My students range from first timers to famous rock stars. I work on the philosophy of quality not quantity. I stress mechanic fundamentals and practical & applicable theory based on the student's needs. My influences are: Definitely Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and many guitar legends including many blues greats I've played with as well as current players. My guitar lessons take place in: The my studio or the student's home. Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Fairfield and Weschester counties.
Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection.
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I will ask the student to rate themselves based on a "beginner, intermediate, advanced, or professional" guideline and the genres you prefer.
For beginners I will move onto basic chord formation and scales, keeping it easy, fun and engaging. For intermediate and advanced I will choose an appropriate song/chord arrangement to play with me to give me a practical assessment, then move onto rhythm and lead skills and theory within their ability to facilitate rapid improvement and advancement. With pros we zero in on weaknesses (in theory, mechanics, writing etc.) and then get to work. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: My typical lesson begins with a review of the skills and/or songs my student was to work on over the prior week. Then we move onto new skills, songs, etc. that fall into a sequential pattern of learning I have planned for the individual. This may fall into the realm of solo or rhythm theory. In any case I will illustrate how and what to practice next. The lesson ends with a written guide as to what to practice for the next week. I keep it as simple as possible to understand and set goals for the student. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Motivated, enthusiastic, willing to learn and trust my methods.
Teaching guitar, music theory and performance is something I have been extremely proficient at, but mostly I'm passionate about the joy of sharing the gift of music. Playing and learning music is the most enjoyable life-long journey. The feeling of watching my students progress and absorb the passion on their journey is indescribable.
I recently started taking lessons again and the first thing I’ll say is Rob is nice guy and personable. He’s got real world insight into the music business and has played with some of the greats. He cuts through the nonsense and gets you playing. Rob senses where your at and tailors the lesson around your ability and knowledge. He is also not a clock watcher and generous with his time. The lesson stops when he feels it’s ready to stop, not based upon an interval of time alottted.
First assess skills, knowlege and genre preferences in an exploratory segment of the 1st session.
Frost School, University of Miami, 30+ years of touring as guitarist for many Grammy winning bands and artists, 30 + years as a session musician and guitar and songwriting coach to amateur and professional musicians.
$50 per hour or more depending on my travel time and distance.
Helping friends learn guitar in high school and then getting free studio time in college by teaching students guitar and general music for the music school.
Beginners to Grammy winning artists from ages 9 to 79
Playing with one of my students at an open mic event performing his original music for the 1st time in front of a live audience.
Ask a lot of questions and have a good idea of your goals, whether wanting to learn guitar as a hobby, to form/join a band or professional aspirations.
The student should think about what their realistic goals are and if they have the time to dedicate to lessons and what is the anticipated level of dedicaion.