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Ear Training for Musical Creativity

Imagine being able to listen to any song and recognize every note of the melody by ear. What would that do for your musical creativity and improvising? Now imagine learning this skill in just 10 weeks and having it for the rest of your life! This is what we will do in this workshop.

Chord progression to 'Autumn Leaves'

In this video I analyze the harmony of the A section of Autumn Leaves using the IFR Tonal Map. You will learn to see the chord functions, the flow of tension and release, the circle of fifths and the beautiful melodic paths that you can use in your improvising.

IFR video lesson: How to master harmony

In this video I'll teach you an organized system for mastering harmony using our three integrated creative practices: improvising, composing and listening.

IFR video lesson: Chromatic inspiration

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

Best way to analyze standards in a minor key

Most songs over which I want to improvise normally have just one concrete environment, so it might be easier to name the notes as starting from note 1 rather than from a note of the parent key. Do you think it's necessary to alway connect back to the parent key?

How do I get started in IFR?

I have heard a lot of good things about IFR. I want to begin practicing the method but I'm not sure where to start. Can you tell me what materials I need?

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.

What's the best approach to ear training?

I have tried many different methods of ear training. I have tried interval recognition apps, functional ear training and even a perfect pitch course. But I have yet to recognize a single note when listening to real music! Can you give me any guidance?

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?