I ran across your ad in NUVO recently and decided to have a look at your web site. I like the no-nonsense look and approach. I particularly enjoyed the Robservations
I'd also like to remind you how much your teaching and encouragement meant to me back in the mid-late 1980s. I'd had a few teachers and they were all good players and could show me how to do things, but as teachers they lacked what you have in spades - empathy, and what is empathy after all but love? I knew then that I had some talent, but your empathy for the diffficulty every student is faced with was the difference for me. It helped draw out of me the desire I needed then, and also the confidence. I'm still not the player I could be, but you taught me how to love myself through the difficulty of learning an instrument. So when I have a hard thing to do musically, I still draw upon your teaching. And also, by the way, it finds its way into other aspects of my life.
I was reminded by your comments on the path of least resistence that you are a parent, and I seem to remember that you have a daughter. I hope she is well, and it sounds like she has a good dad.
Whenever someone asks me if I know a good guitar teacher, I always refer them to you. I say, "I know a great guitar teacher."
Hope our paths cross sometime again before too long.
"Rob.........tall, smooth and easy is where you are."
From: Rukiya Bey of Conrad Hotels
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 1:41 P. M.
To: Jeff Crane WYJZ
Cc: Emily Schaick
Subject: Conrad Jazz Artist
I wanted to let you both know that the feedback we received from staff
and guests about Mr. Swaynie was VERY favorable. Everyone liked his
music selection and the volume of the sound was perfect. I was unable
to introduce myself to him last week, but I will certainly let him know
what our staff has said.
Thanks and hope everything is well with both of you.
Talk to you soon,
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
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"We love it " ("Gymnopedie #1" from the Big&Tall CD)
"I listened to it ten times in a row.
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"I hear to players all day long from all over the world here in Nashville,
but I seldom here anybody play like that".
"Rob is my favorite guitarist"
"you're a great teacher"
Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts
June 19, 2007 in my studio.
He's the little guy!
"Rob, take this thing away from me, you play it better that I do."
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astronaut and the second man on the moon.
"You play your ass off man!",
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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"you sound like my Wes"
"Rob's playing blew us away 30 years ago in high school.,
and in my opinion he's a master now. He's a good friend and a great player".
"Rob is a guitar-god.....an icon. One weekend we went to Lexington, Ky to see them (Pure Funk) and then the next in South Bend,IN"
"I love that"
"you made our evening" after dining at the New Orleans House" restaurant
"he doesn't strangle it like most of 'em"
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