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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.

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.

Finding your own voice vs. transcribing solos

I see the importance of knowing the sounds from the tonal map and being able to sing what you play. However, isn’t improvisation also a matter of transcribing other artists’ music to absorb the “feel” and “time” they have?

How to avoid getting lost in songs

One of the most common frustrations that all beginning improvisers experience is getting lost in the middle of a tune. In this video I'll give you three concrete strategies that you can follow to make sure this never happens to you again.

Is there a "method" for using the major scale in a melodic way?

I am wondering if there is a "method" for using the major scale in a melodic way rather than playing the scale notes randomly?

IFR Playalong: chords 1 and 4

Grab your instrument and practice improvising over chords 1 and 4 with me!

Jeremy Chapman on musical creativity

This great Ted Talk by Jeremy Chapman offers many surprising insights about musical creativity. His talk includes improvisation with the audience and guest musicians, and he even mentions Improvise for Real about halfway through the talk.

Feeling the Rhythm

Learn to improvise with more rhythmic creativity in this 10-week online workshop. Includes video lessons, jam tracks, homework assignments, personal feedback and coaching.

Modal improvisation with tenor sax and upright bass

This is a demonstration of some of the sounds we can create with IFR Exercise 2: Melody. Throughout this entire modal improvisation, both musicians are using just seven notes.

Be yourself and discover your own music!

In IFR, we believe that the musicians who follow their own imagination are the ones who change the world. And we want to help you discover your musical voice and to share it with the world.