Robin Thomson

Robin Thomson

Robin has been a musician since he first picked up a nylon string guitar at fifteen to learn Led Zeppelin riffs 

In 1977, he decide to get serious about music and learn to read. Although an obvious choice, yet not his original intention, he ended up studying the classical guitar privately to achieve this end.

In 1980, he successfully auditioned to study classical guitar with the bass viol as a second study at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music within the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After five years of study he successfully gained a Diploma of Music Teaching.

This resulted in the commencement of a private teaching pathway in Perth initially before moving to the South Coast of Western Australia during which time he had many opportunities to perform both as a soloist and in a variety of ensemble combinations. In the late 1990’s, he also started to consistently compose.

In 2009, Robin cut off his carefully manicured right hand fingernails eschewing the guitar in favour of mastering the piano. The piano has provided Robin with a wonderful tool to assist in elevating his compositional activities.

Robin’s mainly composes works for piano that provide a useful vehicle for improvisation, his other primary musical interest and also composes for guitar, other instruments/combinations.

Robin also produces music digitally, releasing ‘Sunyata’ and ‘Allemande’ in December 2017, ‘A Crash Course in Classical’ and ‘A Second Crash Course in Classical’ in 2018.

Latest sheet music
Take 5 then add 1 then take 1
Jazz / Instrumental
Spain in Denmark
Jazz / Instrumental
Surprise! for solo guitar
Classical / Instrumental
Sunyata Charts
Jazz / Instrumental
Left-hand Voicings II V I Chords Cycle of fifths - B position 7th in bass to start
Jazz / Theory
Left-hand Voicings II V I Chords Cycle of fifths - A position 3rd in bass to start
Jazz / Theory
Three note II V I Chords Cycle of fifths - starting with 7th on top - 7th always moves down a half step
Jazz / Theory
Three note II V I Chords Cycle of fifths - starting with 3rd on top - 7th always moves down a half step
Jazz / Theory
Tense?
Classical / Instrumental
Six Moons
Classical / Instrumental
Blog
28 December 2019, Article
Performance time!
After 10 years of effort (read my profile for more info in this regard), I have finally achieved a longtime goal and got my playing skills up enough to publicly perform the 40 or so minutes of my own compositions that I have memorised so far. I really ...