“It’s been a great experience to be here. I’ve been amazed by the talent of the guitarists that have been here. We’ve heard a tremendous amount of music- great music. It’s been a really good sense of camaraderie that has been present. Lots of good tools, tips, tricks that Martin and Peppino have shared with us this weekend. It’s been well worth it.” – Pam, Illinois, USA
“Hi. I’m Jim. This is my third day- the final day, a very sad day for me, of the Martin Taylor guitar retreat in Benicia, California. It’s been one of the highlights of my life. My wife set it up for me to come down here and join this wonderful group of people for 3 days. It’s been probably- I have enough stuff from Martin and Peppino now to work on for the next- well, the rest of my life. An extremely professional retreat. I learned things on guitar. I’ve been playing guitar for 50 years, but I’ve learned things on guitar I’ve never heard of before. It was a wonderful group of 20 students. I’m sure all of us are coming away with a lot of information. I would recommend it to anybody that plays any genre of guitar. It’s just a wonderful experience.” – Jim, Washington State, USA
“I think Martin is a tremendously gifted teacher apart from being a very gifted guitar player. I think he has a real gift for communicating the essentials that will help to improve as guitarists. I think he doesn’t just show you what he knows, he gives you some tools to help you develop as a guitarist as well.” – David, San Francisco, USA
“I am in Martin Taylor’s online school, but this is my first retreat of his. It’s been, I would say, a life changing experience. Not only the knowledge but meeting the friends and having the opportunity to perform and listen to others perform. It’s definitely something I would highly recommend.” – Tera Crisalida, Arizona, USA
In this video Martin Taylor talks about his years working with the legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
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Martin discusses the one piece of advice that Stephane passed down to him and why Stephane didn’t like talking about Django Reinhardt.
You can also click here to watch the documentary Martin mentions.