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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.

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: Chromatic inspiration

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

IFR E-book Package

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.

The four advantages of the tonal point of view

Learning to think relative to the key of the music is the most important thing you can do to accelerate your music learning. This article explains four immediate benefits to your music practice from adopting the tonal point of view.

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?

IFR Staircase exercise with half steps on tenor sax

In this video Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar demonstrates the IFR Staircase exercise on the tenor saxophone using the interval of the half step.

Visualizing the tonal map on the trumpet

"I have been practicing IFR for half a year and it's great how I am progressing! One of my obstacles is that I still imagine notes on a music staff instead of the tonal numbers. Is there any way to switch from one image to the other?"