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How To Accompany Singers
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 practical video course is packed with an incredible amount of material that will keep you going for years! It not only offers an explanation of how to accompany singers, but also gives you lots of useful skills to practice and develop 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 also has a unique talent for explaining the theory whilst also giving you highly practical exercises to put everything into context. Alongside this, for several decades he has worked as the preferred accompanist for some of the best jazz singers in the world.

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  - What to play (harmony) and When to play (rhythm section)

Ballads

Working with a  lead sheet

The essentials of how to support the singer

The top note of the voicing

Chord Extensions

Layering the placement of the notes

Separating the bass line

Video 2 - Modal Harmony

Modes of the Major Scale

Hearing the modes as Bright to Dark

George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept

Slash Chords

Generating harmony from scales

Video 3 - Scale Harmonisation

Triadic harmony 

Ascending vs Descending

Roman Numerals

Secondary Dominants

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: Intros and Endings

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 

Testimonials

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

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