Rob MacKillop

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In Music on February 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

As part of my master plan to bring all my websites together under one roof, this blog-based website now has the address of  – it is not case sensitive, so will also work. Note that www. is not needed, but no harm will be done if you add it. Feel free to add it to your Favorites, as it will now be my main site, eventually replacing the others.

I will be returning to the lute this year, with a 13-course baroque lute on order with Malcolm Prior, and a 7c lute from Eric Stefanelli. Expect the ‘Lute’ page on this site to grow and grow.

I also have a number of books and CDs being released for banjo and also ukulele. Watch this space.


The Scottish Guitar – Publication Release!

In Music on February 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

My book, The Scottish Guitar – 40 Scottish Tunes For Fingerstyle Guitar has just been published by Centerstream with distribution globally by Hal Leonard. Read more at the Hal Leonard website. It is available from the usual outlets.

The book has 40 arrangements for DADGAD, Open D and Open G tunings, as well as 40 sound files of my performances. For example, here are two contrasting pieces,


As the publicity says:

The Scottish Guitar
40 Scottish Tunes for Fingerstyle Guitar
Series: Guitar
Format: Softcover with CD – TAB
Author: Rob MacKillop
Rob MacKillop is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest musicians. In this groundbreaking book, he defines a uniquely Scottish way of playing the guitar, incorporating rich traditions into later material – from Gaelic songs to traditional airs and dances. His arrangements reflect the origins of the tunes, with appropriate ornaments and phrasing. The accompanying CD helps players gain a deeper understanding of the subtle art of phrasing. Tunings used are DADGAD, Open D and Open G.
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