Robinson likes to teach the way he learns: 
in complete awe at the power of sound.

Robinson in 2007 playing his beloved    Larivee    Jumbo.

Robinson in 2007 playing his beloved Larivee Jumbo.

In other words, he doesn't see any point in asking a student to dedicate time to playing something unless it inspires joy in the student. Workbooks, memorization, and drills are not usually a student's idea of fun - why turn something as inherently interesting as music into work?

Why not start with compositions of your choosing that you enjoy? Robinson extrapolates lessons based on your interests - once the interest is sparked, he will expand the lesson to include music theory, guitar technique, and historical context. He'll take the song that inspires you and show you a way to play it at your current level, with perhaps some "stretch" or challenge to keep you improving. Part of the fun for Robinson is learning new music - this endless discovery and research makes him a better teacher. 

Having been immersed in the music retail world for many years, Robinson is keenly aware of the different instrument options available to beginning students. Not only will he teach you how to play guitar, he would be happy to advise you on how to procure and maintain your instrument. An instrument of self-expression should not be chosen lightly - but there are affordable guitars out there, especially if you're willing to compromise on aesthetics or are primarily interested in learning slide guitar, which doesn't require low action or perfect intonation. A recent "set-up" by a qualified luthier is always advised, and Robinson is happy to recommend one. 

With absolute beginners, Robinson starts with a handful of chord shapes that can be modified and arranged up and down the neck limitlessly. Then, he establishes the context of each chord within a given musical scale. Once the student has a basic chord vocabulary and grasp of musical mechanics, Robinson starts by teaching a simple composition of the student's choosing. He strongly believes that best way to remain enthusiastic about learning an instrument is to start playing music that you enjoy as soon as possible. Naturally, technique and proper body mechanics are covered as well. 

For students experienced with guitar who desire to learn a specific technique in any of the styles in which he is well-versed, Robinson would be more than happy to accommodate you.  

Practice should be fun. It should fall somewhere in between play and meditation. If it doesn't feel that way to you, Robinson would like to find a way to help you get there.