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The IFR method for guitar

Improvise for Real is about learning to play what you hear. You'll learn to understand the sounds in the music all around you and to improvise with complete freedom in any musical situation.

IFR video lesson: Chromatic inspiration

In this lesson Mireia Clua walks you through many great ideas and inspirations for practicing IFR Exercise 1: Landscape.

IFR Staircase exercise with half steps on tenor sax

In this video Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar demonstrates the IFR Staircase exercise on the tenor saxophone using the interval of the half step.

Visualizing the tonal map on the trumpet

I have been practicing the IFR exercises for half a year and it's great how I am progressing! One of my obstacles is that I still imagine notes and lines from a music staff instead of the tonal numbers. Is there any way to switch from one image to the other?

How to visualize musical intervals on the flute

I just purchased your book from Amazon and would like to clarify a point. When the exercise says to visualize all five notes at once on my flute, does this mean the sound or the letter name of the note?

Should I start IFR on the clarinet or the piano?

I had very poor piano instruction as a child and spent most of my adult life trying to self-teach on the piano. Nine months ago I took up the clarinet and my progress has been really good. I have more experience on the piano but now my main interest is the clarinet. Do you think I should practice your method on the clarinet, on the piano or both?

How does the IFR method apply to the bass?

I am a bass player with about 15 years of rock band experience whose first love has always been smooth jazz. I want to know if your book would help this bass player realize his goals of being able to improvise at will and gather a much better musical understanding.

Should I start with the video course or the e-book?

I'm debating whether I should buy the IFR e-book or the IFR Video Course for Guitar. Can you tell me what is included in each one, and what are the pros and cons of each?

Improvisation exercise with whole steps on the soprano sax

In this video Marina Vallet demonstrates the IFR Staircase exercise on the soprano saxophone using the interval of the whole step.

IFR improvisation exercise with the chromatic scale on trumpet

Alvar Montfort demonstrates the IFR 'Staircase' exercise on the trumpet with jazz phrasing.