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"The Art Of The Blues" Guitar Retreat 2023
taught by Chris Quinn 

Monday 22/05/23 - Saturday 27/05/23

Totally sort out your blues playing at the 2023 "Art Of The Blues" guitar retreat.


Taking place in Shrewsbury, England on the border of Wales, we invite players of all levels to attend this inclusive, fun course designed to transform your guitar playing.  Whether you're a near beginner or a more advanced guitarist, you'll discover the essential skills needed for playing, soloing understanding and having fun with the blues and most importantly, exactly how to implement them.


You'll learn all time classic songs from guitar heroes like Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson and BB King, you'll learn the right scales and notes to play, the blues chords, awesome licks, phrases and turnarounds... Most importantly you'll learn pro techniques to help you improvise the blues. 

For over a decade, The Art Of The Blues course has helped hundreds of guitarists to play more authentic sounding blues. The lessons and workshops given during the week will literally open up the fretboard giving you a whole new, bluesy approach to playing of the guitar.  


If you want to come, sign up today! I can't wait to see you there,

Cheers, Chris


What To Expect

🎸 Master the blues scales

🎸 12 bar blues progressions

🎸 Improvisation secrets

🎸 All time classic blues songs

🎸 Delta blues riffs, turnarounds & intros

🎸 Opening up the fretboard

🎸 Great stock, licks and phrases

🎸 Group playing

🎸 Blues theory explained

🎸 Jam sessions  

 🎸Play at the public retreat concert (optional)

🎸 Full board accommodation

🎸 5 days & nights of blues heaven! 

Roots Music Retreats courses are carefully designed to be relaxed, inclusive, inspiring and most importantly suitable for all levels of musician, from novice to advanced.


You'll receive exclusive access to online video tutorials with videos covering some of the main lessons taught on the retreat. So you won't forget any of the juicy stuff and can practice and continue learning when you get home.

National Press Reviews of teacher Chris Quinn:

Blues & Soul Magazine

"His Timing Is Set In Granite!"

Blues in Britain Magazine

"Expect Dazzling Expertise"

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"Art Of The Blues" Retreat 2023 Schedule
Monday 22nd May (hotel check in from 3pm)

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm   Welcome drinks reception in the hotel bar

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm   Welcome group seminar / Workshop 1 "Fundamentals of The Blues"

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm   Dinner in the hotel restaurant 

8:30 pm - 10:30pm   Relaxed acoustic jam / open session. 

Tuesday 23rd May

7:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakfast in the hotel restaurant

10:30 am - 12:30 pm   Workshop 2 "Blues progressions, Blues chords, all time classic songs"

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Buffet lunch for all students

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Workshop 3 "The Blues Scales - Opening Up The Fretboard"

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Dinner in the hotel restaurant

8:30 pm - 10:30pm   Relaxed acoustic jam session in local pub, 2 min walk from the hotel

Wednesday 24th May

7:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakfast in the Hotel restaurant

10:30 am - 12:30 pm   Workshop 4 "Licks, phrases and tasty Blues patterns..."

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Buffet lunch for all students

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm   Workshop 5 "Delta Blues intro's, turnarounds and motif's"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   Shrewsbury town walking tour with official guide

7:30 pm - 9:00pm   Group curry in one of Shrewsbury's best balti houses (additional cost)

Thursday 25th May

7:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakfast in the Hotel restaurant

10:30 am - 12:30 pm   Workshop 6 "Blues Improvisation Hacks"

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Buffet lunch for all students

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Workshop 7 "Group dynamics, Classic songs"

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Dinner in the hotel restaurant

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm  Jam night local venue with the retreat house band

Friday 26th May

7:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakfast in the Hotel restaurant

10:15 am - 12:15 pm   Workshop 8 "Pulling it all together / performance preparation

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm   Buffet lunch for all students

2:00 pm -  4:00 pm   Rehearsals / performance preparation 

5:30 pm  -  6:30 pm   Dinner in the hotel restaurant

8:30 pm - 10:30pm   Full Access VIP Ticket to public concert - Chris is opening for folk legend Martin Carthy!

Saturday 27th May

7:00 am - 11:00 am   Breakfast in the Hotel restaurant

11:00am - Hotel check out

12:00pm - 13:00pm -  Retreat public concert in local venue - 2 min walk from hotel, walking distance from the hotel (optional).

13:00pm Goodbye's.. SEE YOU NEXT TIME!! 



Chris at Kings Place London pre performance at the IGF London Guitar Festival


Chris with Martin Taylor

Chris with Andy Fairweather Low
(Eric Clapton's musical director)

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