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IFR Exercise Demonstration - Seven Worlds, level 4

For IFR students practicing Exercise 2: Melody, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds in the 4th harmonic environment. Ferran Badal explores the harmonic environment on the alto flute.

IFR exercise "Seven Worlds Expanded" on clarinet

For IFR students practicing Exercise 3: Pure Harmony, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds Expanded on the clarinet. Imma Udina demonstrates the exercise exploring the 4 chord in the modal range.

Cloud exercise for bass

In this free video lesson, I show you the first step in the IFR method for bass. The exercise is called "Cloud" and it teaches you to visualize all of the notes on the neck of your bass as one continuous chain of half steps.

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.

Piano for Non-Pianists 1

'Piano for Non-Pianists' is our free lesson series where everyone learns basic piano. This course teaches musicians of all instruments how they can expand their creative practice to include the piano. In this first lesson you will learn to move around the keyboard by half steps. This is the first step to learning to visualize harmony directly on the piano keyboard.

IFR exercise "Staircase" with whole steps

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

Difficulty starting from note 2

In Exercise 2: Melody, I find it difficult to play a scale starting on note 2 or any other note besides note 1. I can sight read most things, but starting on anything other than note 1 is problematic. Please help.

IFR exercise "Seven Worlds Expanded" on flute

For IFR students practicing Exercise 3: Pure Harmony, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds Expanded on the flute. Anna Crusat demonstrates the exercise exploring the 7 chord in the modal range.

IFR exercise "Sun and Moon" on clarinet

In the IFR exercise Sun and Moon we explore the two most important harmonic environments in Western music, commonly referred to as "major" and "minor". Cristina Pérez demonstrates the exercise on the clarinet.

The fear of mediocrity

As the years go by, sooner or later you ask yourself, "If at my age I still haven't composed a masterpiece, then am I mediocre? Is it worth continuing in music?"