Pete Sklaroff is one of the UK’s most sought after and respected guitar teachers and a highly experienced music educator/performer and online session musician. He has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years, touring and recording both in the UK and overseas.
Pete Sklaroff - Professional Guitarist
My Music Services
Welcome to the 2021 website for UK guitarist, session musician and teacher Pete Sklaroff. Please do enjoy and explore the site and have a listen to the various samples of music, covering everything from Jazz through to Blues and Classic Rock. If you are interested in finding out more about my Skype Guitar Lessons, Online Session Guitar Services or Instructional Guitar Books, just follow the various links in the menu above or click on the highlighted photos below, which will take you to additional pages within the website for more detailed information and booking etc. If you’d like to get in touch there are e-mail links throughout the site and I usually reply within 24 hrs or sooner to any enquiries. Many thanks for visiting the site!
Pete Sklaroff first began his musical studies in his hometown of Edinburgh in Scotland. Pete’s first significant work as a professional guitarist, was touring and recording with the legendary Scottish electric blues band ‘Blues’n’Trouble’ with whom he recorded two studio albums.
After studying with several highly respected local guitar players/teachers such as Neil Munro and Ian Aitken, he then made the decision to move to West Yorkshire in England where he furthered his instrumental studies on the Jazz degree at the City of Leeds College of Music. After graduating from CLCM, Pete began touring and recording as a professional guitarist with a number of rock and pop groups and supported artists such as: ‘Tears For Fears’, Labbi Sifre, Jack Bruce and Scottish folk-rockers ‘Runrig’ amongst many others.
Pete later taught for twenty years at Leeds College of Music (now Leeds Conservatoire) and is the former Assistant Head of Music and Head of Jazz Studies from the same institution. He was also the Coordinator of the Guitar/Bass teaching faculty there for several years as well as being a Principal/Senior Lecturer in Jazz Harmony, Performance Studies, Harmonic Techniques, Guitar Studies and Jazz Improvisation.
Pete has performed at numerous festivals and prestigious venues (Hammersmith Odeon, Manchester Apollo etc.) both in the UK and abroad and as a professional guitarist has recorded for many diverse musical artists over the years.
In more recent years, Pete has completed album sessions for UK singer/songwriter Saffron Byass and also recorded for high-profile music industry clients in Austria, USA, Italy, Sweden and Germany.
He also recently put his jazz guitar interests to one side and played some 80’s style rock rhythm guitar on the Austrian Number One single ‘Victim of Love’alongside Leonard Pospichal and Thomas Blug. Pete was an invited guest tutor and performer (also reuniting for two gigs with old friends from Blues’n’Trouble) at the first Scottish Guitar and Music Festival in May 2013.
Pete Sklaroff currently operates a highly successful online teaching practice where his Skype guitar lessons attract students from countries as widespread and diverse as Japan, India, Austria, Spain, Colombia, USA, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Finland.
He also regularly contributes to a number of web based music sites and has recorded/transcribed all the audio examples for a number of best selling instructional guitar books produced through the Fundamental Changes publishing group in the UK. He has also co-authored several best-selling guitar books with the same company.
Pete has also now published several instructional guitar e-books of his own all of which have received 5 star reviews on Amazon. More instructional guitar books are planned for 2021/22.
He has studied with many well-known guitarists and jazz teachers including the legendary jazz guru Charlie Banacosand most recently his successor jazz pianist/educator Garry Dial in New York.
If you’d like to get in touch please use any of the e-mail links within the website and thanks very much for visiting the site. Hope to see you here again.
What Musicians Say
“…Pete Sklaroff 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! …”
Featured Music Service
Learn Guitar Online
with Skype JAZZ Guitar Lessons
Although I have played and taught other styles of electric guitar playing for many years, Jazz is my real passion. You can now learn Jazz and the Art of Improvisation with my Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons. Study the great jazz standards as well as modal and contemporary compositions.
You will learn how to improvise fluently, accompany other musicians and also play solo chord arrangements through methodical and proven teaching methods. You can now study worldwide with me (from any country) and without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. More details on my dedicated Skype Jazz Guitar Lessons page.
Years of experience
Learn Guitar Online
Online Session Guitar
Let me add professional guitarist level tracks to your latest musical project. Everything from single rhythm parts through to entire songs and albums. Pricing begins from only £12 for a single rhythm guitar track.
Guitar Books for sale
Details on many of the instructional guitar books I have written and co-authored over recent years. Many produced by the Fundamental Changes publishing group in the UK.
Free Lessons for guitarists
Free Guitar lessons
My upcoming blog page will contain many free guitar lessons. Reflecting my specialist areas of musical interest, the lessons will mostly cover elements of modern jazz guitar such as improvisation, harmony and rhythmic development.
Music Samples in Audio and Video
Audio and Video Samples
I have very active Soundcloud (audio) and YouTube (video) guitar channels and within the website there are many samples of both audio and video from those two channels.