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Ear Training for Musical Creativity

Imagine being able to listen to a song and recognize every note of the melody by ear. What would that do for your musical creativity and improvising? In this 10-week workshop you will learn how to develop this ability, adding a whole new creative dimension to your improvisation practice.

The universal musical mind

Bill Evans was a visionary artist who made an enormous personal contribution to our modern concept of jazz piano. And yet at the same time, he believed that ALL human beings have an innate understanding of music.

The power of direct experience

You may have heard that you need to understand a lot of music theory in order to improvise. But what if it's the other way around? That might sound confusing at first, but I believe that getting clear about this could potentially save you YEARS of frustration and wasted time.

Modal improvisation jam with tenor sax and upright bass

Enjoy this great jam in the 5th harmonic environment recorded at the iconic jazz club Robadors 23 in Barcelona, Spain.

What makes IFR different?

Improvise for Real is now being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries. The method has been described as a totally different way to learn about music and improvisation. But what makes it so different?

Melody Paths with chords 6-, 4, 1, 5D

In this video we are going to train our ear together with the famous chord progression 6-, 4, 1, 5D. First, we'll sing the roots to make sure we can feel the chord changes. Then we'll practice the ear training exercise Melody Paths, singing melodies connecting chord notes across the chord progression.

2-5-1 ear training workout

See how easily we can understand and explore the famous "2-5-1" chord progression using the tonal vision that we teach in Improvise for Real. Sing along and explore these beautiful sounds creatively with me!

What I hope to give you

This short sample chapter from the book "Improvise for Real" provides a nice overview of everything you will learn.

IFR workshop Introduction to Melodic Improvising

Learn how to improvise melodically over your first chord progressions in this 12-week online workshop. Develop a practice routine which will help you find your own personal style and musical voice. Includes video lessons, homework assignments, personal feedback and coaching.

IFR video lesson: Melody Paths

In this video I'll teach you how to understand any chord progression using the IFR technique 'Melody Paths'. This exercise will enable you to weave your own melodies across the chord changes.