Players of all levels and styles are welcome at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat in historic Scotland. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of chords, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning guitar at this three day guitar retreat with two of the world's leading acoustic guitarists... Martin Taylor and Remi Harris.
From fingerstyle to acoustic to jazz to blues and more, Martin Taylor will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. Meanwhile gypsy jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris will be teaching different rhythm gypsy guitar licks and rhythm playing. The retreat is designed to gather guitarists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.
This is the fourth time a Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat has been held on the mainland of Scotland. Don’t miss this chance to spend a week-end in the heart of historic Scotland, a place of legends, golf courses, castles, stunning landscapes and fine whisky distilleries! What could be better than a musical holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded people?
The Retreat will take place in the heart of Scotland, around 90 minutes north-west of Edinburgh on November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2022.
During the day you'll learn directly with Martin and his guest teachers and every evening you can sit back with a fine malt whiskey or Scottish ale 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!
Friday 11th November 2022
2:00 - 3:00 pm Students Arrive
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Retreat Welcome & Introductions
4:00 – 5:30 Opening Session
5:30 - 6:30 Workshop I
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Evening Jams
Saturday 12th November 2022
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop II
11:00 - 12:30 pm Workshop III
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 Workshop IV
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Workshop V
7:00 - 8:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm Teacher and Student Performance
Sunday 13th November 2022
9:30 am – 11:00 Workshop VI
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Workshop VII
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop VIII
3:30pm - 4:00pm - Coffee Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 Workshop IX
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm End of Retreat Performance (optional)
* Detailed schedule to follow.
Remi Harris is a Jazz & Blues guitarist from the UK whose playing draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Gerry Mulligan and Jimi Hendrix. From the age of seven he has dedicated himself to a life of guitar playing. Since then he has gone from busking on the streets of his local towns to performing at many prestigious venues and events around the world, including Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, as well as appearing on national radio and television.
"Remi Harris is an astounding player in many styles" ★★★★★ - Guitar Techniques Magazine
"remarkable" - Total Guitar Magazine
Q. When does the retreat take place.
A. The retreat classes run from the Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
Q. Where does the retreat take place.
A.The retreat classes will take place at the Lands of Loyal Country House in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland..
Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner to cover the 2 lunches and 3 dinners and attendance at the jam sessions/performances is $500 and will be available when registration open.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. You can receive a full refund minus any credit card/hotel booking fees within the first 30 days of booking. Please consider getting travel insurance to cover unexpected occurrences.
Q. What about accommodation?
A. The Gold Package includes accommodation on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. There are only 17 Gold Package places available. For Silver Package customers you will need to arrange your own accommodation in the area.
Q. Can I book extra nights of accommodation?
A. Yes. If you are a Gold Package customer you can contact the hotel directly to book extra nights.
Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions related to the retreat?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Can you accommodate those with specific dietary requirements?
A. We are happy to cater for people with dietary requirements. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price. Please just contact email@example.com with details.
Q. Is the venue and accommodation suitable for those with mobility issues?
A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular needs.
Q. How do I get there?
A. You can travel to Alyth either by air, road or rail.
By air: Alyth is 75 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport and 2hrs from Glasgow International Airport. Both of these airports have direct flights to UK regional airports and a number of airports in the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
The nearest train stations are Dundee and Perth. There are bus services from both Dundee and Perth that will take you to Alyth. The Lands of Loyal is a 10minute walk from the bus stop.
Detailed driving directions will be emailed to you once you have confirmed your registration.