Big Indian, New York
August 26th - 30th, 2019
4 days and 4 nights of learning, playing, eating and sleeping fingerstyle, acoustic and jazz guitar in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Only 2.5 hours from New York City this retreat will be limited to only 30 participants who will join Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Alison Burns and our other guest instructors for this unforgettable experience.

Players of all levels and styles are welcome at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat in Big Indian, New York. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of tunes, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning fingerstyle, jazz and acoustic guitar at this four day guitar retreat with Martin Taylor and his guest teachers including Frank Vignola.

Martin will give you insight into the techniques, styles and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather guitarists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning and playing guitar.

This is the fifth year that the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat has been held at the Full Moon Resort (just 2.5 hours from New York City). Don’t miss this chance to spend a week in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, just 30 miles from historic Woodstock. What could be better than a musical holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded guitarists?

The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat will take place this year from August 26 - August 30, 2019.

During each day you'll learn directly with Martin and his guest teachers and each evening you can sit back with a wine or local handcrafted beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your guitar, get ready to learn, jam, make friends and have fun!

To really help you make the most from this event we have created a series of preparatory home study courses and cool bonuses!

What Is The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat About?
The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreats are all about hands-on playing. Helping you achieve RESULTS and have fun in the process.
Improved Technique
Improved technique and a new level of confidence as a guitarist.
Multiple Styles
You'll be exposed to learning new guitar styles to strengthen your playing.
Spend four days and nights getting inspiration and making new friends.
Progress Your Playing
You'll learn plenty of new exercises to continue to progress your playing.
Learn New Tunes
During the Retreat you'll learn new tunes to add to your repertoire.
Live Performances
Opportunity to play onstage with Martin Taylor and his guitar teachers.
Provisional Schedule

Monday 26th August 2018
3pm - 5.00pm Check In & Registration
5.00pm - 6.00pm Meet & Greet
6.00pm - 7.30pm Dinner in the Cafe
8.00pm - 9.00pm Welcome & Faculty Concert
9.00pm - 11.00pm Jamming 

Tuesday 27th August 2018
8.30am - 10.00am Breakfast
10.00am - 11.45am Workshop 1 (Martin and Frank)
12.00pm - 1.30pm Workshop 2 (Martin Taylor)
1.30pm - 2.30pm Lunch
2.45pm - 4.15pm Workshop 3 (Frank Vignola)
4.30pm - 6.00pm Workshop 4 (Martin Taylor)
6.30pm - 8.00pm Dinner
8.00pm - 8.45pm Faculty & Student Concert
9.00pm - 11.00pm Jamming

Wednesday 28th August 2018
8.30am - 10.00am Breakfast
10.00am - 11.45am Workshop 5 (Martin Taylor)
12.00pm - 1.30pm Workshop 6 (Frank Vignola)
1.30pm - 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm - 4.00pm Workshop 7 (Martin and Frank)
4.15pm - 5.00pm Workshop 8 (Alison Burns)
5.15pm - 6pm Workshop 9 (Jim Cunningham)

6.30pm - 8.00pm Dinner
8.00pm - 8.45pm Faculty & Student Concert
9.00pm - 11.00pm Jamming

Thursday 29th August 2018
8.30am - 10.00am Breakfast
10.00am - 11.45am Workshop 10 (Martin Taylor)
12.00pm - 1.30pm Workshop 11 (Frank Vignola)
1.30pm - 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm - 3.45pm Workshop 12 (Alison Burns)
4.00pm - 5.00pm Workshop 13 (Scott Perry)
5.00pm - 6pm Workshop 14 (Martin Taylor)

6.30pm - 8.00pm Dinner
8.00pm - 8.45pm Faculty & Student Concert
9.00pm - 11.00pm Jamming

Friday 30th August 2018
8.30am - 10.30am Breakfast
11.00am Checkout

Located one half hour west of Woodstock, is a year-round mountain resort in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve. Dedicated to the celebration of music and art in nature, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own.
Accommodations are charming in their simplicity, with guest rooms available in a variety of lodges – some B&B style with shared hallway baths and others with private bath options. Also available are the new, deluxe cottages which feature a king bed (or two twins), sitting area with couch, private deck, picture windows with dramatic panoramic views, air conditioning, mini-fridge, coffee maker, Smart TV, WiFi, cell service (AT&T and Verizon) and custom tile bathroom with over-sized, dual head shower and radiant heat.​​​​​​​

Healthy cuisine served by a friendly, professional staff is the trademark of Full Moon Catering.  With menus offering – hot buffet breakfasts,  lunches and formal gourmet dinners with fresh, natural ingredients.
Fingerstyle and Jazz Guitar
Grammy nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’.

Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world.

In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.

He has been awarded two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE 'For Services to Jazz Music' by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain.  

As one of the world's most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school in partnership with ArtistWorks, with its headquarters in Napa, CA, has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.

'Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He's unbelievable' - Pat Metheny

'He out-shred's all of us put together....I've never seen anything like it' - Jeff Beck

"There is a touch of genius in his playing" - Classical Guitar Magazine

"No matter how complex or daring, Taylor's interpretations never short change the melodies; indeed, his remarkable fluid touch imbues a seamless beauty. Martin Taylor is something to behold." - The Washington Post

"Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation" - The Times of London
Jazz Guitar
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest stars of the guitar".

With over 1000 engagements in the last six years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents - and still growing - performing in some of the worldʼs most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New Yorkʼs Lincoln Center and the worldʼs oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Vignola has recorded over 30 CD's, 7 DVD's and has been a guest on hundreds of recordings. He has also produced 11 full length video teaching courses for TrueFire for all levels. His on-line One on One private lessons and workshop courses continue to thrive with hundreds of enrolled students. He continues to conduct clinics, masterclasses and workshops at Music Universities across the globe, most recently coaching guitar ensembles at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar
Scott Perry is a vintage blues guitarist devoted to music inspired by the blues, including jazz, honky tonk, and rock & roll. Additionally, Scott teaches blues-based guitar styles at in his lesson studio and online at
Jazz Guitarist & Luthier
From 1979-2004 Jim Cunningham was the guitarist with The United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland before retiring from the Navy as a Master Chief Musician. Today Jim continues to play across the US as well as building and repairing archtop and acoustic guitars.
Vocal Coach
Alison Burns is an award-winning singer and vocal coach who has performed and run vocal workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia. Her vocal workshop for guitarists and 'how to accompany a singer' class is is always a popular one at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat.
What They Are Saying...
Martin Taylor's Guitar Retreats are legendary! To date over 130 guitarists have attended a Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat. Here's what one recent retreat student said:

"I’ve had a wonderful experience. Playing at home I found that it’s hard to find other players that are interested in fingerstyle or jazz. When I came here I found many people with similar interests. Martin showed us different ways of approaching accompaniment improvisation and we were able to jam with other students, we were able to play with them as well. As much as I enjoyed my time here I can’t wait to go home and try all the new material that I’ve learned here.”
The Retreat Experience
Ever wondered what a Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat is actually like?

Check out this video from a previous retreat in New York which will give you a flavor of the retreat experience!
2017 Retreat

2016 Retreat

2015 Retreat

Unforgettable Jam Sessions

Learn Directly From Martin Taylor

2018 Retreat

"It was a fabulous experience. My impressions were that Martin and the teaching staff were very very gracious, very talented certainly, and really ensured that every master class session was run well, the content was perfect for the class, the students themselves really became very close friends and almost family atmosphere after the first night.  I know that I learned a lot, I had a lot of aha moments. I have a lot of things to work on but without a doubt the time spent this week was not only enjoyable, something I remember all my life, but absolutely will improve my playing and my confidence in playing".
-Ted Clark (New Jersey, USA)
“This was my first guitar retreat for Martin Taylor and it was an awesome experience. I learned so much and everyone is just so open and shares all this info and totally approachable. I also take the online classes, I just started a couple of months ago and coming to this retreat has just really fulfilled and filled out a lot of information that I had a lot of questions for. Highly recommended and check it out.”
- Lisa Liu (Brooklyn, USA)
YES, I understand that spaces are limited to 30 places so it's important that I act now before public registration close!
YES, I understand this includes one (1) ticket to the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat in Big Indian, NY on August 26 - August 30, 2019. I understand I will receive registration information for the Retreat when I register.
YES, I understand my registration includes lodging at the Full Moon Resort for four nights as well as 3 amazing meals a day.
Your Special Bonus Bundle
To ensure your success at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat, we’ve created this exclusive and valuable bonus package of online courses and more. Use these to get geared up and ready for New York and beyond!
You will also receive access to the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat home-study preparation course with video lessons covering some of the concepts and tunes you’ll be learning at the Retreat. This prep-course will help you gear up and get ready for the “Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat” by learning the chords and melody for tunes, and many of the other cool tips and lessons.
BONUS #2: GIGS ACADEMY (Priceless)
Martin Taylor will be teaching how to play walking bass lines at the New York retreat. To help you with this technique he has filmed a ten video pre-course for you to watch before you come to New York so you can get the most from the retreat experience.
Recorded as part of the Online Guitar Summit you will receive access to 40+ video and audio interviews with some of the world's finest living fingerstyle, jazz and acoustic guitarists. These in-depth interviews are with guitarists including Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Ulf Wakenius, Justin Sandercoe, John Knowles, Johnny Hiland, Peppino D'Agostino, Brian Gore, Clive Carroll, Richard Smith, Muriel Anderson, Frank Gambale, Scott Perry, Bill Piburn and Pat Bergeson amongst others. 
You will also receive 40+ HD Video Lessons from James Taylor as he breaks down each of the five stages of the creative process to help you unlock your creative potential as a guitarist.
Learn how to brand, market and sell your music. Whether you want to get more gigs, release an album or promote your songs this marketing course for creatives will help. 
Special Bonus For First 20 Guitarists That Enroll
​- An Intellitouch Tuner
In addition to being a totally solid chromatic tuner you can use with any instrument you can clip it to, the PT10C features a very handy digital clock, so no matter how carried away you get, you always know when to stop rocking out... or when your drummer's late. What's more, the PT10C gets its read on your tuning from the vibrations coming through your instrument. That means you'll get rock-solid tuning from your PT10C, even when the rest of the band is jamming away.

- Chromatic Clip-on Tuner with integrated Clock feature for all instruments.

- Digital Clock with Dual color backlight changes from Red to Green when in Tune
- Rotating clamp for optimal viewing.
- Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty
Private Room, Shared-Hall Bath
B&B style accommodation with no roommate(s).
  • All workshops and activities for 4 days and nights.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • Welcome goodie bag.
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Home-study preparation course (valued at $997)
  • Bonus bundle (valued at $544)
Private Room, Private Bath
Private accommodation with a private bathroom - no roommate(s).
  • All workshops and activities for 4 days and nights.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights.
  • 3 amazing meals a day.
  • Welcome goodie bag.
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Home-study preparation course (valued at $997)
  • Bonus bundle (valued at $544)
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When and where does the retreat take place?

A. This Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat takes place on August 26th - August 30th, 2019 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York which is approximately 2.5hrs drive from New York City. Upon registering you will receive a confirmation email which includes an info sheet with exact directions, timings, etc.

Q. When should I plan to be there?

A. We suggest you arrive between 3pm-5pm on Monday 26th August to check-in. There will be a meet and greet for everyone at 5pm after which we'll have dinner and faculty concert and jam session.

Q. Is lodging provided?

A. Yes, and you can choose from six different lodging options ranging from shared room with a shared-hall bath to a private cottage. 

Q. Are meals provided?

A. Yes and everyone sits down for three wonderful meals each day. Menus include hot buffett breakfasts, lunches and formal gourmet dinners with fresh, natural ingredients (many that are organic and local).

Q. What level and style of guitarist is this retreat intended for?

A. The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreats are for all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. Around 25% of the attendees are beginners, 50% are intermediate and the remainder are more advanced players. In terms of styles the retreat will cover fingerstyle, acoustic, jazz and blues.

Q. What is the home-study preparation course?

A. The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat preparation course is a home-study course that you will get access to once you enroll. The idea of this course is to give you a foundation of knowledge and techniques so you can get the most from the four-day retreat. You will get immediate access to a members-only website with over 50+ HD video lessons that are only available to Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat students. In addition to that you will receive access to other bonus online courses to help you get the most from the retreat. We will also record the majority of the workshop and jam sessions and these will be made available to you after the retreat for your continued learning.

Q. Can I buy the home-study preparation course on its own?

A. No, the course and retreat is intended to work together to provide you with a blended learning experience. The home-study course will teach you some of the basic techniques and concepts while the retreat will allow you to go deeper by learning directly with Martin and the guest teachers as well as collaborating and jamming with other fellow students. If you would like to study online with Martin then please check out his online school.

Q. When will I receive a detailed daily schedule and retreat handbook?

A. We will email you the handbook with daily schedule six weeks in advance of the Retreat start date. In that handbook we’ll have details of the individual workshops that Martin and the guest instructors will teach plus other support material!

Q. Is the venue and accommodation suitable for those with mobility issues?

A. Yes it is. Please get in touch to discuss your particular needs.

Q. What should I bring with me?

A. We recommend bringing your guitar, notebook, pens and small snacks to hold you over.

Q. Can I bring my partner with me?

A. Absolutely, we have a $400 non-participating partner package so they can join you. You will be able to purchase this once you register.

Q. What are your registraton and payment policies?

A. All rates are per-person, unless otherwise stated. All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. We reserve the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice. All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes. All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Q. Can I pay by installments?

A. Yes. You can either pay in full when register or sign up for monthly payments (over six months).

Q. What if I have a question that's not listed here?

A. If you have additional questions, please contact the retreat support team at [email protected]

Q. How do I get there?

A. You can travel to the retreat location by plane, car, bus or train.

By car: 
From Albany and points North:
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) South towards New York City
Take Exit 19, Kingston (see below)

From New York City and Points South:
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) North/West to Exit 19, Kingston
After toll, merge slightly right onto Route 28 West (towards Pine Hill)
Travel approximately 30 miles on Route 28 West to Big Indian/Oliverea
Turn left onto County Route 47 (just after a brown sign on Route 28 which says Oliverea 3 miles)
Proceed 5 miles on County Route 47 (Oliverea Road)
You will see signs for Full Moon on the right-hand side.

By air:
The closest airpots to Big Indian are one hour and thirty minutes away: Albany International Airport and Stewart/Newburgh International Airport. JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York City are approximately two and a half hours from Big Indian.

For details of travelling to the retreat by bus or train please visit the Full Moon Resort website at 

The Premier Music Retreat Experiences
The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat will be the eleventh music retreat that P3 Music has produced. Our team is focused on giving you very best experience in which to learn guitar.

Other P3 Music music retreats take place in California, London, Italy, Scotland, France and Asia. We are honored to work with Martin Taylor and Music Masters Camps on this fourth Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat at Full Moon Resort. We hope you decided to join us for four days and nights of guitar goodness.