Los Angeles, USA
March 21-24, 2024
Learn Gypsy Jazz Guitar the FUN way! with Robin Nolan LIVE
$3,074, Standard Price: $1,699
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Come and join me for a unique once in a lifetime experience in the picturesque town of Westlake Village, Los Angeles, California. Indulge yourself for 4 days & nights with personalized instruction and creative jam sessions designed to inspire breakthroughs whilst removing any doubts or sticking points from your playing.
This is not your standard gypsy jazz workshop. It is an exclusive, high end and intimate retreat where I will be applying my. newest teaching methods to help you build your skills in all areas of your guitar playing. I also want us to work together to bring out your unique voice within the gypsy jazz genre based on your current skill level and guitar playing background.
We’ll be doing it in style at the beautiful Westlake Trails home of some good friends of mine who recently attended our retreat in New York City. They were so impressed with the quality of the program, not only the music, but the congeniality, that they suggested we bring the retreat to the Westlake Village Inn complex and their home in California.
This is an exciting prospect and the perfect setting for an awesome retreat in Los Angeles!
I’ll help you prepare for the retreat with a personal Zoom coaching session and we’ll set you up with instant access to all the valuable bonus online material so you can start improving right away.
Improved technique and a new level of confidence as a guitarist.
Together we’ll transport you from where you are now to where you want to be which is a confident jamming and possibly even gigging gypsy jazz guitarist.
Spend four days getting inspiration and making new friends.
Progress Your Playing
You’ll learn plenty of new skills and exercises to continue to progress your playing.
Build Your Repertoire
During the Retreat we’ll build up your stash of hot gypsy jazz tunes to add to your repertoire.
An opportunity to play a LIVE gig on stage with Robin Nolan, John Jorgenson and the other students!
Workshop 1 – Rhythm Refresher Drill and Assessment
This is all about gypsy rhythm and I’ll be showing you how to do it right. We’ll dive into ‘La Pompe’ and Swing as well as the Bossa, Bolero, Samba, Waltz and Funk feels. Forget old bad habits and let me show you up close in detail the techniques needed to get these rhythms sounding great.
Workshop 2 – Soloing – A New Perspective For Fast Results
We’ll be breaking new ground here into the world of soloing and improvising over the most common gypsy jazz chord progressions. This is a 3 pronged approach where we’ll be learning Authentic Gypsy Licks and Phrases, Ear Training Drills and the Art of Flow which when tapped into will give your solos that magic touch of class every time.
Workshop 3 – Gig Ready Boot Camp Session
In this session we’ll be learning all the tools and techniques you need to deliver a stellar live performance. Intros that get the song flying before you’ve played the melody. Endings that guarantee applause. How to deal with Nerves and Stage Fright. How to make a Killer Set List. Key Changes that aren’t cheesy. Mindset and Concentration. How to Memorize Songs plus more practical and useful tricks that will upgrade your performances.
Workshop 4 – Playing Together and Making Music
This is where we’ll learn the art of ensemble playing and the tools we need to make sweet music together. We’ll dig deep into all the different live combinations we find ourselves in on stage or at a jam. The Roles of playing Rhythm and Lead guitar. Duo playing and how to Accompany using Bass Lines. How to successfully play 4’s with another soloist. Rhythm Solos that impress. The Art of Dynamics. How to make your own Arrangements. Telepathy and how to go with the moment plus many more techniques I’ve learnt and want to share.
Workshop 5 – New Secrets Of Gypsy Jazz Guitar
In this last session I’ll be revealing the New Secrets of Gypsy Jazz Guitar. These are some of my most private and close to my heart techniques and ideas that I want you to take home with you. These techniques will make a difference and add that magic sparkle to your playing that others will notice too.You’ll also learn some daily Practice Routines that will insure you retain all the lessons learnt during the retreat.
If you’ve studied any of my online courses or lessons then coming to learn with me is the next step where we can focus on your playing in a secluded environment with no distractions. This is a chance for you to benefit from some tailor made and personalized instruction in one-on-one and group settings.
Getting It Together – “Together”
When you enroll we’ll start off by arranging a Skype consultation where we can chat and assess where you’re at and where you want to go with your gypsy jazz guitar playing.
I’ll then know exactly what we’ll be working on together in Los Angeles to maximise your results during the retreat and beyond.
During the five workshops we’ll be preparing ourselves for the final night gig together which is happening at the world class Bogies jazz club in Westlake Village. We’ll be playing a set together before I hit the stage with John Jorgenson and at the end we’ll all join together for the finale ‘Minor Swing’. Expect an audience full of gypsy jazz fans from near and far with a sprinkling of celebrities!
Private Membership Website
I’ve created an online course for you called Gypsy Jazz Foundations. Here you’ll be learning fundamental lessons on gypsy jazz guitar which will ensure we’re ready to breakthrough on the retreat. I’ll also be posting all our gig performances here so you can enjoy them forever.
Thursday, March 21st, 2024
6pm Champagne Reception
7.30pm Jam Session & Drinks
Friday, March 22nd, 2024
10am Workshop #1
Rhythm Clinic (Get Your Rhythm Right)
2pm Workshop #2
Improvising Clinic (Minor Swing & Djangology)
8.30pm Jam Session & Drinks
Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
10am Workshop #3
Robin's Improvising Clinic (Sweet Georgia Brown & Duke & Dukie)
2pm Workshop #4
Band Breakout Rehearsals
Sunday, March 24th, 2024
10am Workshop #5
Tommy Davy Rhythm Workshop
11am Workshop #6
Robin's Ear Training & Gypsy Bites
2pm The Gig - Perform For Live Audience
The Location – Westlake Village
Located just nine miles from the Pacific Ocean, Westlake Village is tucked away in the breathtaking Santa Monica mountain range and offers both residents and visitors alike a lifestyle enriched by its wildlife and serene natural beauty and a neighborly community that enjoys all of the amenities of
The Los Angeles Breakthrough Retreat will be held in the private home of one of Westlake Village’s prominent residents and a gypsy jazz guitarist where we will have a dedicated music room for our daily meetings and sprawling indoor and outdoor areas with spectacular views for small group jams.
Our final jam will be held at Bogie’s, a local intimate nightclub (https://www.bogies-bar.com) that presents A-list talent (Denny Lane, Laurence Juber, The Wrecking Crew, Peter Asher and Albert Lee
to name a few) to sold-out audiences. We are delighted to announce that the evening will include our usual workshop players’ set and a second featuring Robin and the internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Howard Alden.
Q. When and where does the Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat take place?
A.The Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat takes place in Westlake Village, Los Angeles on March 21-24, 2024. Once you've registered we can set up your zoom call with Robin (your option) to discuss your guitar playing goals and make a plan to achieve them.
Q. Is lodging provided?
A. Lodging is not provided at this retreat.
We have arranged a special discount rate for Breakthrough Retreat attendees at the:
Westlake Village Inn
31943 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
The Westlake Village Inn complex is an outstanding choice for your stay. The hotel offers the best rooms and service in the area. If you are bringing additional guests this is a relaxing and family friendly hotel within easy walking distance to restaurants, the movie theater and mountain parks and trails.
Only ten rooms are available at the discounted rates either Courtyard or Mini Suite rooms. Book early and follow the link to make a reservation. The Westlake Village Inn is just 3 minutes drive to the workshop location, and we can arrange car pooling transportation if needed to and from the workshop.
Q. Are meals provided?
A. Yes! Lunches and Dinners are provided. We’ll all be hanging out and dining together each afternoon and evening.
Q. I’m a beginner to gypsy jazz – is it for me?
A. For each of the 5 breakthrough workshops in Los Angeles, I will be starting from the beginning. The basics and fundamentals are so important & no one will be left behind.
Beginners and newbies are welcome! I’ll also be spending time with each student on a private
Skype call before the retreat to go over what each player is looking for.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. All you need to bring is your guitar and plenty of enthusiasm!
Q. What if I have a question that’s not listed here?
A. If you have additional questions, please email me at [email protected]