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:


Just Out!

24 Pieces for guitar (plectrum/pick – though fingerstyle/classical technique possible too) by Gilbert Isbin. Available HERE.

Gilbert Guitar Cover

New Mel Bay publications, three for mandolin, one for bass guitar:


24 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….

    • Excellent, Brian. I hope you get the opportunity to play it. Good luck.

      • jean cameron said:

        Thanks for doing the mandolin books! I just ordered the 17th Century and then the Kids book. Each will keep me busy this fall and winter! Love your books! Interested in the guitar lute book but worried it’s above my skill level. Maybe later on. Glad you did the mandolin books! THANK YOU!

      • Cheers, Jean. Have fun with them! As for the kids’ books, there’s no age limit on being a kid!

  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.

  5. Manuel Morais said:

    Dear friend Rob, Do you know the sources that say that Fracesco da Milano played with two silver thimbles with bird feathers? Abraço, Manuel Morais

  6. congratulations.
    It is the most profound, heartfelt and beautiful guitar.

  7. the antique guitar: Ángel Torrisi

  8. skaekhund said:

    Hello. I recently bought a copy of your 20 easy fingerstyle book and I’m delighted with it. However I can’t find the online audio snippets of each one that I think used to be on a CD. Do you know where I can download them from?

    • There should be an address on the first page, the title page, for downloads. If not, please contact Mel Bay through their website, as I have no control over such things. Good luck!

  9. is your torres model still for sale

  10. Philippe Callu said:


    I bought recently through Amazaon your method : (online audio)

    20 easy fingerstyle studies for Ukulele by Rob MacKillop.

    I have some difficulties to go on ‘on line audio’ and it will be easier for me to work with a CD.

    Is that possible to get it ? can you tell me the price included sending to France.

    Thanks in advance for you kind answer,

    Best regards,
    Philippe Callu
    2 Les Marottières
    41310 Villechauve (FRANCE)

    • Hi Philippe. I have no control over that. Just email Mel Bay from their website, and ask them. If you do manage to get the online audio, you can possibly burn it to a CD for future use. Sorry I can’t help you further.

      Best wishes,


  11. Nestor Guillermo Duce said:

    Toco guitarra clasica. Amo la musica de Lauro. Así descubrí su versión de La negra, que me impactó mucho. De ahi llegué a su página, y el impacto es mucho mayor por la enorme capacidad, talento, y versatilidad a un altísimo nivel musical, y la enorme capacidad que hay que tener en la vida que es tan corta para hacer todo lo hecho hasta ahora por ud. Así que felicitaciones. No hablo ni escribo inglés, sepa disculpar el texto en castellano. La sencillez y belleza de su arreglo para manha de carnaval me gusta muchísimo. Ese arreglo tal cual ud lo toca está escrito? de ser así quisiera adquirirlo. Muchas gracias. Y mis mas sinceras felicitaciones

    • In English: I play classical guitar. I love Lauro’s music. That’s how I discovered your version of La negra, which shocked me a lot. From there I reached your page, and the impact is much greater because of the enormous capacity, talent, and versatility at a very high musical level, and the enormous capacity that you have to have in life that is so short to do everything done so far. by you So congratulations. I do not speak or write English, I know how to excuse the text in Spanish. The simplicity and beauty of your arrangement for carnival manha I like very much. That arrangement as you touch it is written? if so, I would like to acquire it. Thank you very much. And my most sincere congratulations

      Ese arreglo está en mi cabeza, no en una página. Lo siento.

  12. Phyllis Williams said:

    Would you please share the tab for your version of Norwegian Wood in modal D?

    • Hi Phyllis. I just made it up a few minutes before making the video, and haven’t played it since, so there is no tab. Just try working it out by ear – which is the way I learned when I was a teenager. It’s the best method of learning this stuff. Good luck.

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