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Jay
« Perfect! Robbie is a fantastic teacher, he's super friendly, patient and easy... More »
J
Jay
« Perfect! Robbie is a fantastic teacher, he's super friendly, patient and easy to understand (especially for a beginner like myself). He also provides a lesson-recap video after the lesson which is perfect for me when I want to remember what we covered during the lesson. 5/5 stars!! »
£25/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Robbie
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Rock Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced guitar teacher and university music graduate offering guitar lessons in Sheffield

Methodology

I keep lessons as practical, relaxed and straightforward as possible. By the end of every lesson, my students always have something fun and musical to practice until the next lesson.

After every lesson, I film a short recap video of what was covered, so the student has the perfect audio/visual reference. Sometimes, these will be "play-along" videos, where I might record a whole song for students to practice along to.

Experience

Hello! I’m Robbie, a professional guitar teacher and university music graduate. I graduated with a first class degree and was also the recipient of 2/4 of the prizes, including the prize for best recital. I have since become a full-time guitar teacher and performing musician.

I've been told by my students that I'm "super friendly", "really easy to understand", "a very funny guy" and "excellent at exaggerating quotes"…

I love playing the guitar and learning about music, and I think this carries over into my lessons. I have taught students of all ages and abilities and I also have experience in teaching students with disabilities. I'm able to teach in any style or genre, though I specialise in rock, pop & jazz. I tend to fill lessons with as much musicality as possible; we'll focus on whatever you enjoy playing!

I've been performing music for over 10 years now, in all sorts of different bands and groups: rock bands, funk bands, jazz ensembles, big bands, theatre pits – you name it! I currently run a wedding and function band in which I play 8-string hybrid guitar and sing (sounds a bit crazy, I know!) and travel around the UK. I also have a lot of experience with recording and mixing music, having done this a lot for band promotional material.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £120
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £220
Lessons offered by Robbie
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Rock Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Robbie's CV

The University of Sheffield

BMus (Hons) in Music: First Class.
Recipient of the Mrs Stewart Blake BMus Prize and the Mrs Stewart Blake Recital Prize.

6 reviews on Robbie
  • 5/5

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J
Jay

Perfect! Robbie is a fantastic teacher, he's super friendly, patient and easy to understand (especially for a beginner like myself). He also provides a lesson-recap video after the lesson which is perfect for me when I want to remember what we covered during the lesson. 5/5 stars!!

Robbie's response

Jay is a an excellent student! He's a great listener and I love his enthusiasm, both will take him very far learning an instrument. Thank you Jay!! :D

5 recommendations

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Béla

Robbie is one of the most talented and reliable musicians I have ever met. He has a flair for giving easy-to-understand explanations while always aiming to uplift and work with the student in line with their needs. Collegiality is at the core of his interactions, which, I think, is crucial for being an effective tutor. I would wholeheartedly recommend him for musicians at any level trying to improve their craft.

M
Matt

Robbie is a brilliant teacher whose motivation to share his extensive knowledge of the guitar and its place in music has been a source of real inspiration for me as a student.

I've found his approach to lessons to be creative, methodical and thoroughly enjoyable, a combination of factors which has really allowed me to progress to a level that I wasn't able to attain with past teachers.

Robbie is one of the nicest people you'll meet and is very passionate about the guitar. I like learning about a range of musical styles and I've found him to be comfortable teaching in any genre. He's obviously a phenomenal guitar player, yet he effortlessly breaks down complicated ideas to their basic, digestible components, and that has really helped me focus and maintain steady progress throughout my guitar-learning journey.

Overall, I really rate Robbie very highly as a teacher and an all-round genuinely lovely person, and I can't recommend him enough.

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Joe

Robbie is not only a master of guitar and music in general, but also has a natural talent for teaching these skills to others.

Having known him for 8 years as a fellow musician and tutor, I can confidently say that he is reliable, trustworthy and capable of delivering excellent tutoring sessions.

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Adrian

I got Robbie's number the old fashioned way, : it was on a noticeboard in a shop. Robbie is patient and very consistent in his calmness. My ability is somewhat basic and he was able to come down to basic level and get the ideas across to me. He re-stated what he had shown me by sending me e-mails with video files attatched -plenty of stuff to work on. That, to me, showed generosity. Can I recommend him? Oh yes! I am 58 and Robbie is not yet 30 but I found him wise beyond his years, so to anyone who is an older learner I very much recommend him.

F
Frith

Robbie is a great teacher, he goes at whatever pace you like and is very helpful as he sends diagrams of what we've learned and notes after the lessons. Really recommend him.

Interview with Robbie

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Robbie — My first instrument was actually drums, but when I was about 13 I bought and watched the "Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live at Slane Castle" DVD, and seeing John Frusciante's incredible guitar solos made me decide to seriously learn the guitar. I'm still blown away by that concert!
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Robbie — At the moment I'm looping a lot of James Taylor's live albums. Though I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting music - I try not to listen to one thing too much!
QUESTION 03 | 08
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music
Robbie — Trying to learn a whole song or album by ear, probably. It's very challenging at first, but it's the best way to get to grips with the language of music.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Robbie — I have a lot of respect for singers, as you can't see much of the inner workings of their technique (unlike, say piano or guitar). Also, I think playing organ must be incredibly difficult as they simultaneously play pedals with their feet!
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Robbie — To not be in pursuit of "success"! Learning an instrument is about enjoying the process.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Robbie — They say that you should never meet your heroes... but since that's a boring answer: Charlie Hunter, Steven Wilson & Kurt Elling. Because I love their music and think they'd be easy to talk to!
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Robbie — Play what you enjoy. There's no better motivation to practice!
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Robbie — After every lesson, I film a short recap video of what was covered, so the student has the perfect audio/visual reference. Sometimes, these will be "play-along" videos, where I might record a whole song for students to practice along to.

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