“Hello there. I’m Mike McLeod. I’ve come all the way from the north of Scotland. I found this is one of the most informative weekends, I think, I’ve ever had. I’m not really- in fact, I’m not a jazz guitar player, but it’s been a fantastic weekend. I would recommend it to anyone. It doesn’t matter what kind of guitar you play, there will be some opportunity for you to play the guitar here. You’re playing with all these great jazz guitar players. To see Martin Taylor and Peppino, it’s just unbelievable because you’re seeing things that Martin Taylor would never show an audience. It’s the same with Peppino as well. You also learn to make red sauce. I think they’ll be coming back next year, hopefully. I had a great time and the people in America are fantastic.” – Mike, Scotland
“Hi. I’m Bob Chimbry. I’m from down south at Anaheim, California. About myself, I started playing as a teenager and in my early twenties, I played bands and gigs and then had to stop to raise a family like, I guess, most people would say. Starting up again as of the last 6-7 years or so. Jazz was something that I kind of put away and I haven’t thought about it in a while, but I love listening to it every day.
I really love hearing Martin Taylor and to come here and get constant exposure to Martin. He tells you what’s going on in his head. It’s just a fabulous experience to understand the psychoanalyst of how he evolved and what he is. Also, getting access to Peppino. I find I relate more to his finger style because that’s what I primarily do for the last 16 years.
I’ve seen him perform other times and it’s just a fabulous experience to have access to these guys and just ask them whatever you want, whatever pops into your head and say, “Hey, how did you overcome this?” Or “How do you approach that?” They sit there and they tell you. You find out that they have the same problems you have. They’re human just like you and it’s a great experience. You take away a lot and you have a lot to work on. I have all my spare time is eaten up now.” – Bob, California, USA
“I’m new to jazz to a large extent. I had no idea what to expect and Martin makes it really simple and easy together. It’s like a recipe for red sauce. You know, the ingredients are pretty simple. He let’s you see what they are. Between Martin and Peppino, you learn how to put it together and that’s as good as red sauce.” – Miles, Connecticut, USA
“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