After some discussion about my background Rob was very upfront about what he could teach and the things that he wanted me to take away from the lessons he provides.
Robs focus is not only on how to use the guitar, but also on the composition and inner workings of music itself, whilst using the guitar as a medium to create. His focus is to set up you with the knowledge and skills for guitar and music, so you are able to hold your own in any musical situation you may find yourself in.
His knowledge, plus his focus provides some very in depth lessons into both the guitar and music which are both exciting and fascinating.
Although I like blues, I was very impressed by all the styles of music that Rob is able to draw out from within himself, meaning that whatever your taste in music, Rob will be able to help you on your path.
Rob really emphasises the importance of listening to the music that is going on around you, but also listening to the music you find inside yourself and honouring what it is that you hear to create your own style within different genres.
He provides a nurturing environment through believing in you and being very friendly and encouraging, all whilst having a big grin on his face.
He treats the guitar as a form of art, meaning human expression, and really emphasises the importance of having the emotional connection between the guitar and the music you hear inside....."
Rob is a fun teacher, I always enjoy going to my lesson every week and have happily recommended him to others.
If you are thinking of learning to play the guitar, go with Rob!"...........
If you can't play yet, he can help you and get you playing. If you can play, he can help you play better than you ever imagined.
Alien Guitar Secrets teaches you how to express the music we all have in us, with no boundaries or limitations, just pure energy and fun.
I am so thankful to have found Rob and the knowledge he shares... he really is a wonderful teacher!".....
I say playing with Rob because I seldom feel like I am in a classroom situation. Apart from his virtuoso guitar skills, Rob has a talent for setting up environments in which you can discover for yourself the lessons he has prepared. Typically we'll start to wander along a path and then I'll notice he's no longer beside me and I am playing on my own for myself and using the techniques we'd talked of. Why is this important for me? Simply, its because (I sort of believe that) I am discovering them myself and as such get the thrill of unlocking new potential; curiously enough you tend not to forget what you yourself have figured out!
Rob doesn't tell me where to run but gives me the space to run around as I please, but he's thought it through and that space is actually graded and uneven in all the right places to set me up to learn. He is able to teach formally and does this well as he also writes and plays and so understands the application of modern music into guitar theory, but his ability to set up a environment of learning-by-doing make that learning both interesting and fun. I'm sure that is not the only way he teaches as I have had some more formal sessions, but Rob has figured out what suits me and how best to get me working to better myself.
I'd happily endorse Rob to anyone interested in learning how to actually play and master the guitar."
"Killer guitar sessions with a heavy focus on music truly coming from the soul. Rock & Roll."
…...."I have been trying to learn how to play the guitar for more than 15 years; with large gaps between periods of irregular playing. When I met Rob I was simply hoping to get back into playing again for my own pleasure. I travel regularly and finding time for lessons and practice has always been a problem for me. Rob has been an inspiration. In less than 6 months I am now writing my own songs; something I never imagined I would do. His approach to teaching and his genuine interest in his students has made him a real inspiration and allows him to find and develop the musician in each of us."
….”I never thought I would find an instrument I truly enjoy playing after I had a really bad experience with music lessons when I was young.
Rob is not only a fantastic guitarist himself, a fun teacher to his students, he also passes on his great knowledge about life in general which I found very beneficial.
I am happy about lessons I have attended so far and looking forward to the future. I am so grateful to have Rob as my teacher as I learn so much from him and always have so much fun in his classroom. Therefore I would recommend Rob and Alien Guitar Secrets to everyone who wants to experience real music and enjoy guitar playing.”
….”My guitar playing had hit a wall, and I'd been at that wall for years without being able to find a way over into a more intricate and diverse guitar playing environment.
After just seven lessons Alien Guitar Secrets have put a ladder to that wall which I'm now beginning to climb.
With the rate at which I'm learning and discovering, I have no doubt that I'll be the guitarist I've always wanted to be in no time....”
….”I have recently begun guitar lessons with Alien Guitar Secrets and find that the lessons are very informative, but most of all really fun. I had previously tried to learn guitar for about one year but never really got past just learning a few open chords and parts of songs. Now that i have started the lessons with Alien Guitar Secrets, i have learnt that its not just about the mathematical side of the guitar, but the emotional side of it. Rob's lessons are sooo good and i am now motivated to go to the limits and beyond with guitar playing because of Alien Guitar Secrets.”
….”When I started with Alien Guitar Secrets, I thought I had a good understanding of music and of how to play a guitar. Having tried to teach myself for 5 years, not only did I not understand much at all, but I had no idea that I'd learn 32yrs worth of guitar secrets in the best part of 8.5 months! Now I can say after learning the tips and tricks (that you couldn't possibly teach yourself), that I can confidently apply these tricks to all types of music. In hindsight, I'd still be trying to work out how to put my fingers on a fret board if I hadn't called Rob. Now I'm writing songs, with solo's, I can work out songs on the radio by ear and have daily epiphanies on how to improve my techniques. BEST THING I EVER DID FOR MYSELF!!!!!!”
"Alien Guitar Secrets offers the ultimate guitar experience. It isn't a matter of just learning chords, scales and then song after song using tablature and printed music. Instead, Rob provides a lesson that not only develops technicality and skill but also delves into the licks, tricks and emotion needed to play well, write songs, write solos, improvise (for ultimate jamming experience!!!) and generally understand the guitar as not just an instrument but a total spiritual experience. It is an opportunity to learn everything you need to play the guitar really well but at your own pace and with the help of a FANTASTIC teacher"......