Sue & Stuart Hanley, August 2016

We have been delighted with the progress Alex has made since he began individual guitar lessons with Rob in September 2015.  In just 9 months, he went from being on the point of giving up the instrument to achieving a distinction in his Grade 4 exam and, more importantly, picking up the guitar to play for fun several times a day.

Rob’s lessons are a great blend of hard work and fun. He explains everything well, so that the pupil understands why a particular technique has to be mastered in order to progress, and he includes other exercises, e.g. blues riffs and speed challenges, to make the learning process fun.

His attention to detail when teaching the exam pieces, and the way he discussed the style and mood of the pieces with Alex was great to hear, and Rob gave excellent support in the build-up to the exam and on the day itself. He has also encouraged Alex to take a wider interest in local music events.

Rob is a wonderful teacher who always approaches lessons with high expectations and a sense of humour, and is a great role model and mentor for young musicians.