Ravel Chords for Jazz Guitar-Part2

by | Chord Melody, Jazz Theory

In this 2nd installment of Ravel Chords for Jazz Guitar, I go deeper into Ravel’s impressionist harmony and its application to jazz standards. For starters, I play and analyze an excerpt from a composition that many believe influenced John Coltrane to compose “Giant Steps”. I’m referring to Ravel’s “Ondine”. Listen to it, and you can be the judge.

I also cover a very useful progression from “Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales” which can be used as a turnaround. Here you’ll discover a chord I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of before! In addition, you’ll also learn a cool voicing in 5ths from “L’ Tombe d’ Couperin”.

To end the lesson I demonstrate how I apply all of these concepts as I improvise over a well known jazz standard.


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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1 Comment

  1. Duncan Herring

    These Ravel segments really sound amazing. I had never listened much to his music, and paying at least some attention to how he did it opens up a whole new world. I do not know whether I would ever be able to play his music, but I enjoyed listening to this lesson.

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