Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons


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Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons

Learn the Art of Improvisation

Learn the Art of Improvisation via Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons. Study the great jazz standards as well as contemporary compositions. Learn how to improvise fluently, accompany other musicians and also play solo chord arrangements. You can now study worldwide from any country and without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Skype video calls are completely free and all you need to begin studying jazz guitar is a webcam, a stable broadband connection and of course your guitar. Skype Lessons are either weekly or fortnightly. 

I conduct my Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons in a very friendly and supportive manner. These lessons are designed to help you progress quickly and within a proven and effective  program of musical study.

All Skype jazz guitar lessons are of one hour’s duration and are fully supported by clearly notated PDF notes and MP3 backing tracks. I also offer email support (between lessons) if you have any questions relating directly to the lesson material we’ve discussed.

All lessons can now be recorded and delivered to you seconds after the lesson has finished as a video file for future reference.

You will need a stable broadband internet connection and the free Skype software to connect with me. Once you have signed up for a lesson (or a package of Skype jazz guitar lessons) we will exchange Skype contact details in advance of the first session. 

I also request that students commit to either weekly or fortnightly lessons if they are on a (discounted) package deal. (btw – If you aren’t a jazz player, but would still like some guitar lessons, please do send me an e-mail,  as I also teach other styles of electric guitar playing – blues/rock/funk etc.)


Skype Jazz Guitar LessonsIn the columns below, I have listed some of the more common subject areas I teach at three student levels; Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level Jazz Guitar. These subject areas are offered as indicative content and not as a complete representation of the material I may cover in lessons.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons, but not sure what level you might be at the moment. I also ask all potential new students to send me a short audio/video performance of your playing. This needn’t be more than a couple of minutes long, but must demonstrate some chord work and single-line playing (either improvised or from a transcription)

Please do also read the full terms and conditions for my Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons in the PDF located in this link: Skype-and-Online-Teaching-Terms-and-Conditions 2020

Unfortunately, I don’t teach complete beginners currently, so some prior knowledge of basic chord forms, scales and arpeggios would be helpful for you to gain the maximum benefit from these lessons.

Beginner Jazz Guitarists

Beginner topics may include:

Easy Jazz Standards
The II V I progressions
Drop 2 and 3 chord forms
Jazz rhythm and time-feel
Basic scales and arpeggios
Chord melody essentials
Learning songs
Learning the fingerboard
Jazz blues progressions
Chord extensions and alterations
Understanding Jazz chord symbols
Guide tone playing
Basics of chord substitution
Chord/Scale theory

Intermediate Jazz Guitarists

Intermediate topics may include:

More Jazz Standards
Turnarounds and Cycles
More extended and altered chords
Time-feel, swing and groove
Symmetrical scales
Approach notes and chromatics
Jazz language and vocabulary
Using modes correctly
The Bebop scales
Pentatonic scales in Jazz
Fixed note groupings
Solo guitar and chord melody playing
Chord on chord substitutions
Quartal Harmony

Advanced Jazz Guitarists

Advanced topics may include:

Advanced Jazz Repertoire
Coltrane Cycles
Modern voicings for the II V I
Triads over Bass Notes
Advanced rhythmic concepts
Alternative scales for improvisation
Transcription analysis
Using motifs in soloing
Advanced chord melody playing
Using clusters and set intervals
Advanced chord substitution
Triad pairs and hexatonics
Transcription analysis/projects


“…Pete is one of our finest educators and a truly awesome guitarist with flawless technique, great imagination and a gift for clear communication – these skills are backed up by some of the clearest materials (PDFs, videos and backing tracks) available anywhere! We were students together ‘back in the day’ and his continuing development is inspiring! …”
Malcom MacFarlane
Jazz Guitarist/Composer
…Pete Sklaroff is rightly regarded as a living legend in my part of the world. Pete very quickly spotted that I was trying to play B# Demented with a flattened 14th, before I really knew where C Major was. Without crushing my enthusiasm, he gently pointed me in the right direction…”
Jamie Taylor
Jazz Guitarist/Educator
“…If you want top class guitar tuition then look no further than Pete Sklaroff. What’s even better is that he can play everything he teaches. Pete has unbelievable playing skills and can switch from jazz to rock like no one I’ve come across before. Highly recommended…!!
Johnny Hall
Online Student
"...I've been working with Pete [and I live in the western States] since before the new year: he's one of the most focused, talented, enthusiastic, and organized educators you will ever find! Each lesson gives weeks' (if not months') worth of material that will help you get where you want to go! HIGHLY recommended!!..."
Marc Y.
Online Student


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