Shrewsbury, England
May 6-10, 2024

Learn Gypsy Jazz Guitar the FUN way! with Robin Nolan LIVE

Join Before April 15th:

Total Value: £2,780, Standard Price: £1,699


Ready To Take Your Gypsy Jazz Guitar Skills and Enjoyment To A Higher Level While Having Fun Jamming With New Friends In A Supportive Environment?

Come and join me for a unique once in a lifetime experience in the picturesque medieval town of Shrewsbury in England. 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.

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.

What Is The Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat All About?
It’s about having fun with Gypsy Jazz, hands-on playing with new friends, and quickly learning to perform with confidence in a supportive environment - WITHOUT the need for endless scales & arpeggios or getting bogged down in musical theory.

Improved Technique
Improved technique and a new level of confidence as a guitarist.

Gypsy Jazz
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.

Gig Together
An opportunity to play a LIVE gig on stage with me Robin Nolan, Chris Quinn and the other students!

The Breakthrough Workshops

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.

This Retreat Is Your Next Step

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 private Zoom 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 maximize your results during the retreat and beyond.

The Gig
During the six workshops we’ll be preparing ourselves for the final night gig together which is happening inside a local ancient community church in Shrewsbury in front of a live and appreciative audience. We’ll be playing a set together 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!

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.

Our Retreat Adventure Schedule

Monday, May 6th, 2024
6pm Champagne Toast
6.30pm Welcome Dinner
7.30pm Jam Session & Drinks with Robin and Chris

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024
10am Workshop #1 Rhythm
12.30pm Lunch
2pm Workshop #2 Soloing
7pm Dinner
8.30pm Jam Session & Drinks

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
10am Workshop #3 Gig Ready Bootcamp
12.30pm Lunch
2pm Workshop #4 Making Music Together
7pm Dinner

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
10am Chris Quinn - Rhythm Master Workshop
12.30pm Lunch
2pm Workshop & New Secrets Of Gypsy Jazz Guitar
5.30pm Dinner
7pm Our Live Show

Friday, May 10th, 2024
8am Farewell Breakfast

Prince Rupert Hotel - Our Home For The Retreat

The historic grade II listed Prince Rupert Hotel is situated in the very heart of medieval Shrewsbury and just a short stroll from the individual shops and many tourist attractions. Surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets and black & white timbered buildings it provides the perfect base to explore beautiful Shrewsbury. With the heritage of the hotel dating back to the 12th & 15th century, character and charm abound with sloping floors, exposed Tudor beams and a restored Jacobean staircase. Privately owned for many years by Michael & Diane Matthews, the hotel offers a great choice of dining all with a focus on fresh local produce.

Who Is Robin Nolan?
Dedicated To Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Robin Nolan is one of the world’s best known and most admired gypsy jazz guitarists and has been praised for his musical genius and creativity by Willie Nelson, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and the late George Harrison.

Robin became one of George Harrison’s favorite guitarists and was his ‘secret weapon’ at many a party thrown at his English country estate Friar Park.

Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has headlined every major gypsy jazz festival across the globe & Nolan’s music is taking gypsy jazz into the 21st Century beyond Django Reinhardt and incorporating influences of The Beatles, Ravi Shankar and AC/DC.

In addition to his busy schedule as a performer, Robin is also well known as a passionate instructor. He has published some of the most important gypsy jazz instructional books and video courses that have been the foundation of study and jam sessions for thousands of guitarist worldwide. His new digital magazine Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets features highly in the iTunes charts and reaches a wide global audience.

“In these days of ‘cackophony’ it’s great to hear some proper music” – George Harrison

“Robin Nolan is so amazingly good.” – Bill Wyman

“Robin plays a mighty fine guitar!” – Willie Nelson

“You play so beautifully Robin!” – Hank B. Marvin
Chris Quinn
The Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Masterclass
Chris Quinn will be joining us for the full retreat as Robin's co-teacher and he'll also be teaching his epic Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Masterclass for us.
Chris has been playing and teaching acoustic guitar for over 25 years. Over the last 15 years Chris has worked with many of the world's leading jazz, folk and roots musicians.

He tours regularly as the rhythm guitarist with many of Gypsy Jazz' most celebrated musicians such as Stochelo Rosenberg, Robin Nolan, Mozes Rosenberg and Paulus Schäfer. He's performed globally at venues like London's Royal Albert Hall, Brecon Jazz festival and New York's BB King's to name a few. He's had his own music played on BBC Radio 2 and national TV.

Chris' love of passing on his knowledge has lead to countless successful courses and retreats across Europe.

Hear What People Are Saying About Robin Nolan’s Breakthrough Retreats
Robin Nolan’s Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreats have built a loyal following since they first began in 2015. Today Robin runs retreats in Iceland, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York City, and Bali. Here’s what one recent retreat student had to say:

“I’ve attended two of Robin’s retreats and honestly, I can’t think of a better guy to hang with, play with and learn from. Robin’s approach to learning with the group dynamic is to provide a learning environment where players are grouped according to experience and ability and then move forward.  His patience with relative beginners is exemplary.”
Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat Checklist and Registration
  • YES, I understand the Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat includes one (1) ticket to the retreat in Shrewsbury, England in 2024. PLUS a single hotel room at the historic Prince Rupert Hotel is included in your ticket price!
  • YES, I understand that I will also receive immediate access to the exclusive Gypsy Jazz Foundations course with over 8-hours of video lessons of Robin teaching the 5 Pillars of Gypsy Jazz you’ll be diving into in Los Angeles. This course will help me gear up and get ready for the retreat (valued at $297)
  • YES, I’m ready to take action and learn Gypsy Jazz the FUN way!
  • YES, I want to join a like minded group of Django lovers and make new musical friends!
  • YES, I want a VIP invitation to the Chris Quinn Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Masterclass.
  • YES, I want to join Robin Nolan & Chris Quinn on stage for a LIVE gig!
Your Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Bonuses!
  • To ensure your success at the Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat, Los Angeles, we’ve created this exclusive and valuable bonus package of online courses and more. Use these to get geared up and ready for Los Angeles and beyond!
  • Bonus #1: Gypsy Jazz Foundations Online Masterclass ($297 value)
    This is the ultimate Gypsy Jazz Guitar course which will teach you the 5-Pillars of Learning Gypsy Jazz Guitar which I’ve developed over my years of teaching Django’s music. Each pillar covers an essential area of gypsy jazz which will give your playing a rock solid foundation. You’ll learn the ‘La Pompe’ swing rhythm plus all the exciting latin grooves – Soloing skills to ensure success on any tune at the jam – Mindset skills to help you save time and make faster progress – PLUS my new secrets of how to play gypsy jazz without having to spend countless hours learning scales & arpeggios!
  • Bonus #2: The Gypsy Jazz Songbook System Volume 1 ($197 value)
    This book and backing track CD was the first created in the series and is the best place to start playing Gypsy Jazz. I put 11 of THE most played and famous Django and Gypsy Jazz standards in there so as to get you ready for a jam session anywhere. Even before it went to print I had my brother Kevin learn these tunes the way I laid them out in the book and it worked a treat!
In Songbook System #1 You Will Master These 12 Classic Tunes:
Minor Swing
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Django’s Castle
Sweet Georgia Brown
Honeysuckle Rose
Oh! Lady Be Good
Douce Ambience
Blues For Ike
Dark Eyes
For fast-action takers who sign up before April 15th you will also get a Private One-on-One Zoom Coaching Session With Me (Robin Nolan) – $150 value
We’ll use our coaching session before the retreat to find out your individual needs and help you with pointers to get ready for your upcoming gypsy jazz adventure.
Bring Your Partner!
Why not treat the one you love and experience the trip of a lifetime together? Includes upgraded hotel room (to a double room) all group meals (lunches and dinners) and VIP seating at the final night’s performances.
** Take advantage of the “Fast-Action Discount” price now (£1,545) and
save BIG when you register before April 15th, 2024. **

Retail Value Seat

Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat – Shrewsbury, England All Access (£1,200 value)
Chris Quinn –“Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar” Masterclass (£150 value)
4x Group Lunches and Dinners (£200 value)
Breakthrough Retreat Workshop Masterclass Online (£380 value)
Gypsy Jazz Foundations Online (£225 value)
Gypsy Jazz Songbook System – Book/CD/Online (£150 value)
Private Zoom Coaching Session with Robin Nolan (£115 value)
4x Nights Single Room & Breakfast at the Prince Rupert Hotel Shrewsbury (£360 value) That's Right, Your Hotel Room Is Included!

Your Fast-Action Discount Price Today

Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat – Shrewsbury, England All Access (£1,200 value)
Chris Quinn–“Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar” Masterclass (£150 value)
4x Group Lunches and Dinners (£200 value)
Breakthrough Retreat Workshop Masterclass Online (£380 value)
Gypsy Jazz Foundations Online (£225 value)
Gypsy Jazz Songbook System – Book/CD/Online (£150 value)
Private Zoom Coaching Session with Robin Nolan (£115 value)
4x Nights Single Room & Breakfast at the Prince Rupert Hotel Shrewsbury (£360 value) That's Right, Your Hotel Room Is Included!
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When and where does the Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat take place?
A.The Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat takes place in Shrewsbury, England on May 6-10, 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. YES! Your enrollment price includes 4x Nights Single Room & Breakfast at the Prince Rupert Hotel Shrewsbury. That's where we will all be staying and that's where all our workshops and meals together will take place.

Q. Are meals provided?
A. Yes! Lunches and Dinners are provided. We’ll all be hanging out and dining together each afternoon and evening. And the Prince Rupert Hotel will provide you with breakfast each morning

Q. I’m a beginner to gypsy jazz – is it for me?
A. For each of the 5 breakthrough workshops in Shrewsbury, 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
Zoom 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]