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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.

IFR exercise demonstration - Melody Paths

Our favorite way to study any chord progression is with the IFR exercise "Melody Paths". Mireia Clua Geli teaches you the exercise in this video.

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.

Animation Video - How Music Works, part 1

This animated video for beginners introduces the major scale and illustrates how modern popular songs are made from this scale.

Q&A - Are the harmonic environments the modes?

Are the seven harmonic environments that we're studying in IFR Exercise 2 the same thing as the "modes"?

Thinking melodically vs. harmonically

When you're studying the notes of a chord, should you be thinking relative to the key (e.g. "note 1 in the 6 chord")? Or should you be thinking relative to the chord (e.g. "the flatted 3rd of the 6 chord")?