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The IFR method for guitar

Used by students and teachers alike in more than 20 countries, Improvise for Real is considered by many to be the definitive system for learning to improvise.

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?

Cloud exercise for guitar

In this free sample lesson from the IFR Video Course for Guitar, you will learn the very first step to developing complete freedom of movement on the guitar.

Beyond CAGED

Thank you for writing your book. I really like your philosophy. Can you explain the difference between the IFR system and the CAGED system?

Mobility exercise for guitar

In this free sample lesson from the IFR Video Course for Guitar, you will learn to move freely all over the neck of your guitar by half steps.

Mobility, part 2 (whole steps)

In this free sample lesson from the IFR Video Course for Guitar, you will learn a slight alteration to the Mobility technique that allows you to move freely around the entire fretboard by whole steps.

Learn to play without looking at the fretboard

Do you wish you could play the guitar without having to look at the fretboard? In this video I'll explain the benefits of learning to play the guitar without looking, and I'll give you some tips on how to learn this ability.

The IFR Tonal Map

In this free sample lesson from the IFR Video Course for Guitar, you will learn the concept of the IFR Tonal Map and you will learn to build it anywhere on the fretboard.

How to think about chord shapes

I'm confused about how to understand chord shapes in relation to the major scale. For example, the 3 chord would be notes 3, 5, 7, 2. In learning to see this as a minor chord shape, should I be able to think of this as 3, 5, 7, 2 and 1, b3, 5, b7 at the same time?

Introduction to chord melody on guitar

In this lesson I demonstrate what chord melody technique is and how it will enrich both your soloing and your accompanying. I also teach you the first step to building a complete chord melody technique on the guitar.