Ravel Chords for Jazz Guitar

by | Chord Melody, Jazz Theory

Did you know that the bebop pioneers discovered how to use upper extensions from analyzing the music of the impressionists…namely Debussy and Ravel? But the exploration of impressionist harmony on behalf of jazz musicians did not end there! Post-bop musicians have kept going back and learning to incorporate many other harmonic elements introduced by the impressionists.

In this lesson devoted to Ravel’s harmony, I demonstrate how jazz guitarists can incorporate some “impressionist” chords in the context of many well known standards. And there is sooo much to learn from his music, that I am making this a 2-Part lesson series!


The “Ravel Chords for Jazz Guitar” PART 1 & 2 lesson files, can be downloaded for $9.00. The download includes the following files: PDFs with chords and examples from lessons featuring both regular notation and detailed TAB. Also an MP3 of all the examples!

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