Rob MacKillop – Musician

WELCOME! There are many recordings and videos on this site, as well as a lot of information, so do take some time to have a browse around.

There are Blog Posts archived on the left, and specific Pages above.

I am happy to hear from you:


8 thoughts on “Rob MacKillop – Musician”

  1. Dr Brian Davies said:

    Thank you so much for providing so much interesting and valuable material-especially the ‘Solo Flight’ parts for big band. I am about to try and persuade our leader to do this one meanwhile off I go to try and learn to play a suitable homage….

  2. Alan Birkinhead said:

    Rob, I really, really like your black & white photographs ( very artistic ) thank you

  3. Hello Rob, I’ve been following your page for a while now, there’s a lot of great information on here. Iv’e been hesitant about picking up Flamenco due to most players using long fingernails. After browsing through your site however, I’ve decided to make the plunge and give Flamenco a try. Now for the hard part, choosing a guitar, I’d be looking for a guitar to last me for a decade or so without searching for the need to upgrade after 2 years of playing. Any suggestions? Thanks for the inspiration sir!

    • Hi Eduardo. I love flamenco, and do feel nails can help, but not all flamenco guitar needs to be played the same way, and I enjoyed my research into early flamenco guitar. Of course, the feeling is what it is all about, like Blues. So, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your nailless study of it. As for guitars, I’m no expert, and I don’t know your budget. But there are roughly two types – bright and percussive, or warm and slightly less percussive. The former are usually made with cypress back and sides, the latter with rosewood. These are sweeping generalisations. As flesh playing gives a mellow sound anyway, I enjoyed playing the cypress-made instruments. I also don’t know in which region of the world you live, but I have found this website to be informative:
      Good luck with your search. Let us know how you get on.

  4. Tom Oskar Ortleb said:

    Your videos, displaying beautiful music played so calm and mild, encouraged me to start nailless playing in the end of the summer of 2017 after having played over four decades with nails. Today, while still a beginner on this “new” (old) style of right hand technique, I am almost happier with my tonal quality than ever before. Though this is still the beginning of a romance, I believe I will stay with and develop this capability further on forver due to the wonderful tonal outcome.

    Thank you for your very inspiring work and performance,

    • Cheers, Tom. You are not alone – I’ve had many similar messages this last couple of years. All I can say is, Stay With It! It took me a couple of years before I was 100% happy, and now I’ll never go back.

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