Essential Jazz Theory Course
with Pete Churchill
Includes over 5hrs of video lessons and PDF downloads
Sign up now with a one-off payment of £80 and get immediate access to the entire course. You can watch, pause, rewind and rewatch all of the videos as often as you like, allowing you to learn at your own pace.
This essential jazz theory course is packed with an incredible amount of useful material that will keep you going for years! It not only offers an explanation of how jazz theory works, but also gives you lots of practice material to help you assimilate the theory into your own playing.
Widely regarded as a leading expert in jazz studies, Pete Churchill is a highly inspiring educator. Winner of the UK Parliamentary award for jazz education and with decades of experience teaching in the finest conservatoires of music, he has a unique talent for explaining jazz theory, putting everything into context and making it immediately useful to you.
Backed up by an encyclopaedic knowledge in all areas of jazz, Pete has a great way of stripping away the layers and getting to the essence of the material, while at the same time giving you very practical methods of how to assimilate it into your own playing.
Current and past posts include; Professor of jazz studies at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Middlesex University.
He has also given seminars and master classes at various conservatoires and academies in Finland, Bulgaria, Holland, Italy, France, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Australia. He was also recently invited to lecture at Jazz at The Lincoln Centre, in New York City.
As a performer Pete has featured at many international festivals working as a singer, pianist and conductor. He has been a member of both Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects, travelled extensively as Mark Murphy’s accompanist and has collaborated with, amongst others, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmann, John Taylor, Cleveland Watkiss, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Wellins and Tina May. He has also released several critically acclaimed jazz albums under his own name.
Essential Jazz Theory Course Contents
Video 1 - Building Chord Progressions
The "tool kit" of 2 bar chord progressions
The "tool kit" of turnarounds
Writing 8 bar chord progressions
Understanding the architecture of jazz standards
Learning unsubstituted harmony
Video 2 - Modal Harmony
Modes of the Major Scale
Hearing the modes as Bright to Dark
George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept
Generating harmony from scales
Video 3 - Scale Harmonisation
Ascending vs Descending
Generating scales from harmony
Video 4 - The Language of The Blues
Blues Scale and Minor Pentatonic
Separating the notes from the "inflections"
Applying a vocal quality on your instrument
How to alter the written chord symbols to accommodate the blues
Substitutions on major ii-V-I and minor ii-V-I for the blues
Blues "Riff" comping
BONUS 1hr video: Jazz Harmony - The Big Picture
The evolution of the language and sound of jazz harmony
Early "ukulele" chord shapes including Iº7 and ivm6
Walking bass lines
The addition of maj7
Adding ii to V7
Here's what our students have to say about the Essential Jazz Theory Course...
"Pete is an extraordinary teacher and musician and in the 4 sessions he managed to cover a lot of ground. It was very helpful to have recordings of the sessions to go back over the detail. The content really suited the delivery." - Peter H
"Pete is such a great knowledgeable musician that even though sax is my instrument and a little piano I learnt a lot - and so much jazz tradition thrown in the mix." - Arnon B
"I really like the idea of recorded lectures as sometimes the times don't line up nicely in Australia so I can watch things back later. Overall great course - please do more!" - John G
"Pete Churchill is so thoughtful and knowledgeable. I love his approach and analysis of how music works. He is a great communicator including humour in his explanations. I am interested in any further courses he is running. It is great that playback is available. I need to watch 3 or 4 times making notes to try to take it all in." - Mike O
"Really enjoying the harmony course! Just listened to the first one, so illuminating and logical! Looking forward to all the rest"