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Pete Sklaroff is a professional guitarist and a highly respected music educator in the UK with over 25 years experience of teaching, touring and professional recording work both in the UK and abroad. With an extensive background in both Jazz and Rock/Blues guitar performance, Pete is much sought after as both a session player and as a high quality guitar teacher.


Pete is the former Assistant Head of Music and Head of Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music in the UK and was also the Instrumental Coordinator for all Guitar & Bass Studies at the same college for many years, where he taught Jazz Improvisation, Harmony and Performance/Instrumental Studies.

profile, pete sklaroff,Pete began his musical career in his hometown of Edinburgh and started playing professionally with the legendary Scottish Blues band ‘Blues ‘N’ Trouble’ in the early 1980s. After touring and recording with this group he moved to England to study jazz guitar full-time at the City of Leeds College of Music in Yorkshire.

Complete Guitar LessonsAfter graduating from CLCM with a First in Guitar Performance, Pete began touring and recording with a number of different jazz and rock groups and played in support of a variety of well-known musical artists such as: ‘Tears For Fears’, Labbi Sifre, Jack Bruce and ‘Runrig’ to name just a few.

Pete also studied advanced jazz harmony and single-line improvisation for several years by correspondence with the late and world-renowned jazz pedagogue Charlie Banacos in the USA.

Pete’s educational background includes guitar and jazz improvisation/harmony teaching for nearly twenty years at Leeds College of Music and he helped develop much of the jazz curriculum at that institution. He was also a Senior/Principal Lecturer in Jazz Harmony and Improvisation.

Pete has performed at numerous festivals and prestigious venues over the years (Hammersmith Odeon, Manchester Apollo etc.) both in the UK and abroad and has recorded for many diverse artists over the years.

In more recent years, he has completed session work for singer/songwriter Saffron Byass and several clients in Austria, Sweden and Germany. He also played guitar on the Austrian Number One rock single – ‘Victim of Love’ alongside Thomas Blug and Leonard Pospichal.

‘Victim Of Love’ – Leonard Pospichal

Pete was an invited guest tutor and performer at the first Scottish Guitar and Music Festival in May 2013 and currently operates a highly successful online teaching practice (Complete Guitar Lessons) where his many guitar students come from countries as diverse as Japan, India, Colombia, USA, Sweden, Australia and Finland.

Pete also regularly contributes to a number of internet based music sites (including Guitar Player magazine in the US) and he recorded many of the audio examples for the best selling instructional guitar books produced through the very popular Fundamental Changes website.

He has also published three instructional guitar books himself all which have received 5 star reviews on Amazon.

Pete’s diverse guitar playing skills have drawn praise from many sources, including rock vocalist David Coverdale, fingerstyle master Adrian Legg, fusion and session legend Larry Carlton and jazz guitar maestro Howard Roberts.

Pete currently lives in rural South Wales, UK where he divides his time between teaching, recording and playing guitar as you might expect.

Smooth Jazz Guitar Solo The Triplet

Just a lazy guitar jam against this great backing track from Coffee Break Grooves.

Blues For Larry and Alice Smooth Jazz

A smooth jazz blues track over the chord changes to Charlie Parker's composition 'Blues For Alice'.

Late Night Jam with a Coffee Break Grooves Backing Track

A late night jam to a laid back track from Coffee Break Grooves. All guitar tones from Scuffham S Gear and impulse responses. I also raised the action on the guitar about 20% for this vide

Jazz Fusion Guitar II V I x 4 Keys

jazz Fusion Guitar - II V I x 4 Keys

Jazz Guitar Charlie Banacos Studies

Guitar practice video from a session where I was working on some lines and ideas I once studied with the great jazz teacher Charlie Banacos.

Paul Jackson Jr. style Rhythm Guitar

I am a very big fan of Paul Jackson Jr's guitar playing and I wanted to try and record something in imitation of his overall style, which is very hard to emulate as he has such great time and a

Jazz Fusion Guitar Exercise

An example fusion guitar solo played over a chordal exercise progression I came up with.

All Blues Larry Carlton inspired guitar solo

Very influenced by a well known Steve Lukather/Larry Carlton arrangement of this classic jazz composition. Backing track by Bobby's Backing Tracks.

Jazz Guitar Bebop Lines Turnaround Chords

This is a video of me practicing some bop-style jazz guitar lines over a typical jazz turnaround chord progression that I taped for a Skype student.

Jazz Guitar Woodshed Turnaround Chords

The Jazz Guitar Woodshed - Jazz Turnarounds

Fusion Guitar Solo Larry Carlton Style

Based on the chord changes to 'Mulberry Street' by Larry Carlton and I've slowed the tempo right down.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Jeff Beck cover

My own take on this great composition by Charles Mingus and heavily influenced by Jeff Beck's arrangement on the 'Wired' album.

Jazz Funk Rhythm Guitar

I've been working on my rhythm guitar playing recently and this was from a practice session.

All The Things You Are Jazz Guitar Solo

'All The Things You Are' - Jazz Guitar Solo with backing track by Bobby's Backing Tracks...

Jamming with Coffee Break Grooves

Here's a late-night jam with a great backing track from Coffee Break Grooves. Check them out here:

Jazz Guitar Soloing Autumn Leaves

This was from a practice session trying out some different approaches on the chord changes to 'Autumn Leaves'.

Solo Jazz Guitar My One and Only Love

The song is a well know jazz standard called 'My One and Only Love'. The piece is entirely improvised.

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