He and his wife Haley, put together the workshop in a very professional manner. There was so much interest that they decided to add a second day. Bob is originally from New York, he said that he was a bit of a cross of Groucho Marks and (can't remember).
There were about 30 of us in the Saturday workshop and he went right to work with his 20 page hand written workbook. The pace was set for an intermediate player to be just a little behind. Which kept it challenging and interesting at the same time. There was a lot of material and he wanted to give us as much inspiration as possible. We went thru simple strums, double strums, triple strums, rasquedos up and down, and other finger and thumb strum variations in about 1/2 hour. There were two pages and we played successfully in some part and he gave us instructions for further home practice.
Next he opened up the "Slack Key Sounds in C" page that was slammed and crammed full of information that can last a lifetime. These were essentially string-pair melodies. Steven Strauss had taught me about this many moons before and I had noodled around with them. So I felt a familiarity. Bob wowed us with the potential that these melodies can make. Bob plays them loud and lightning fast, whereas Steven gets a soft and soothing sound from songs like Moon Glow or Moon of Manakoora. I am saying, these string pair melodies are simple, powerful, and useful for any genre.
Example, pluck the strings in pairs... (I hope it lines up)
A... X X X X X X X X <-- Don't play the A-string
The string pair study was fun and almost worth the price of admission. But, we still had about 3 hours to go.