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Developing freedom of movement on the fingerboard

I have bought your learning materials and I am reading your e-book right now. For Exercise 1, I notice that there are special versions for guitar and bass. How about for violin? Should I use the version for guitar?

How to finger the Cloud exercise on upright bass

Can you explain how I should finger the Cloud exercise on an upright bass? Thanks!

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?

Piano for Non-Pianists 2

In this lesson you'll learn to move around the piano keyboard by whole steps. When we combine this whole step movement with the half step movement that you mastered in the previous lesson, you can begin to create tonality and harmony directly on the piano keyboard.

Improvisation exercise Seven Worlds on tenor sax

For IFR students practicing Exercise 2: Melody, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds in the 2nd harmonic environment. Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar explores the harmonic environment on tenor sax.

IFR improvisation exercise Seven Worlds Expanded on trumpet

For IFR students practicing Exercise 3: Pure Harmony, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds Expanded on the trumpet. Marc Mena demonstrates the exercise exploring the 2 chord in the modal range.

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?"

Mobility exercise for bass

In this lesson, we learn to apply the IFR Cloud concept in a slightly more abstract way that allows us to move freely all over the fretboard by half steps.

Piano for Non-Pianists 3

In this lesson you'll learn to visualize and play the IFR Tonal Map anywhere on the piano keyboard. This will allow you to create all seven harmonic environments of the major scale and begin practicing the IFR exercise Seven Worlds.

IFR video lesson: 'Follow your Voice' for horn players

The IFR exercise "Follow your Voice" is something we normally practice on a keyboard so that we can sing the notes as we play them. But in this video I'll show you a great variation on this exercise that you can practice with your saxophone.