La Guitarra (Red Guitar Suite)

La Guitarra comes from my Red Guitar Suite. I composed these pieces back in 2012-2013 inspired by my 1972 Ramirez given to me by my uncle. Unfortunately, I am not playing that guitar in this video but, if you have watched any of my videos, you have probably seen it. It is the darker guitar. Score/tab is free here.



Jellyfish Music

Earlier this summer (June 2019) my family and I vacationed down in Tennessee. Ended up going to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and it turned out to be a fabulous aquarium!! I took a really short video of the jellyfish and decided it would be really cool to add some music to it. I ended up slowing the video way down. The video was still too short so I added a credit at the end. Here is the original video:

I improvised the music using my Yamaha electric/acoustic nylon string through a crybaby wah wah and then into my computer. I then added a ton of reverb.

Here are a couple more pics from the aquarium:

A shark!! There was a section where you were actually underneath the aquarium.

They also had real, live mermaids!!!! Grace (my daughter) was sooooo impressed!

Speaking of Grace…

This was taken somewhere in the Smoky Mountains. She is a total ham.

Also went to an interesting guitar shop while there. You could purchase a guitar that had been shot with a shotgun!!

Hopefully nobody was playing it at the time.

I got sidetracked. Back to the aquarium….I would totally recommend it.



My Birthday

Today is my birthday. 45 years. Halfway to 90. The goal is to get older so at least I am doing that!

I don’t necessarily look forward to my birthday but I always end up enjoying the day.

I was able to go golfing with my dad which is always fun. Didn’t score particularly well but I normally don’t. When I golf I just try and hit it as far as possible.

Unfortunately I have played zero guitar today. I plan on making that up tomorrow.


Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair

This is one of my favorite melodies of all-time, ever, in the history of all of the music I have heard in my 44 years, soon to be 45 years. I first heard this when I came across Nina Simone playing this. What a powerful performance!!

I have made two arrangements of this melody. The one posted above I consider to be a more advanced arrangement. You can find the score/tab here. The other arrangement is an “easy arrangement.” That can be found in my first volume of easy arrangements.


Three New Albums!!

I’ve been a busy bee since school got out in early May. I have recorded 3 albums. For two of those albums I had to write a lot of music. For one, I just had to talk. None of them are available on iTunes or Spotify yet. Probably available in another week. You can currently listen to them on my Bandcamp site.

Over the last couple of years I have been writing a group of laments for the guitar. They started out as short, one-minute pieces. Over the last couple of months I have been expanding them into actual pieces of music. Scores/tabs are available here.

You can listen to the album here:

I get asked a lot of questions from people. How long have you played the guitar? Where are you from? Who influenced you? So I decided to record a spoken word album where I talk about those things. It is called, The Business of Being Rob.

You can listen to the album here:

Finally, I love messing with effects so I put together an album of guitar pieces that uses all kinds of different effects. There are a few songs on this album that don’t contain effects, but for the most part, this is an effects driven album called, Broken Glass.

You can listen to the album here: