Connor’s Album "Too Small" On Sale Now

Those of you who’ve frequented my blog over the years probably remember my student Connor, the 10-year-old AC/DC fanatic who writes hard rock songs about American history and his guinea pig, Spikey.  I’m happy to announce that after two years of work, his EP “Too Small” is now available for sale at CreateSpace.com.  You can also buy it at Amazon.com, …

The Plague of the Black-Diamond-Question-Marks

I don’t believe in astrology, but if I did, I’d say my technology stars aren’t aligned so far this year.  I’ve fixed my hacked blog, but it looks like the “fix” has now infested all my song pages with evil lines of question marks.  They symbols are a web-browser’s way of saying, “I have no idea what you’re trying to …

Blog Hacked

So sorry about the obnoxious ad popping up (so far it only seems to happen when people visit me from search engines). I’m de-hacking as we speak. Rob EDIT: My awesome web host, hosting.com, fixed the problem.  They even back up my site every day, which I didn’t realize.  What a relief.

We Have eBook Liftoff

Yesterday I launched Rob’s Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook, my guide for running a successful guitar teaching business. It’s been two years in the making. I summed up my feelings in the Conclusion, written during yesterday’s marathon of last-minute writing, editing, and battling Microsoft Word: “If teaching guitar is about spreading joy, writing this book has been like collecting joy …

Teaching About Teaching

I’m spending the morning revising Rob’s Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook, still on track for an October 3 release. Writing a first draft can be a slog, but I love revising. I just turned a terrible paragraph in the book—my introduction to my Teaching 101 chapter—into one of favorites: Old: Teaching is a complex art, and it takes a lot …

Redesigned Site Live

I hope you find the new site easier to navigate and easier on the eyes. Let me know what you think, especially if you find any bugs. Thanks!

Redesign Number 2

After a few readers said they didn’t like the white-text-on-brown-background in the last design proposal, I did some research about text readability. I was surprised to discover that there isn’t consensus, except that high contrast is good. I did find one almost decade-old study claiming that green-on-pale-yellow was most readable, but I’ll save that color scheme for my next gardening …

Redesign

I’m redesigning my site in preparation for launching my eBook next month. What do you think so far? Click for larger image

The Bummer of ’72

Up early this morning working on my almost-finished book for guitar teachers, which I’m tentatively calling Rob’s Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook. Yesterday I came up with this introduction to a section on teaching your students to play safely (I mean avoiding tendinitis, not avoiding spearing their bass player with a Flying V) by taking frequent breaks: Was the summer …