IFR blog > Practice tips > Unlocking your creativity > Introducing creativity in your instrument lessons part 1
How to visualize musical intervals on the flute

I just purchased your book from Amazon and would like to clarify a point. When the exercise says to visualize all five notes at once on my flute, does this mean the sound or the letter name of the note?

Should I start IFR on the clarinet or the piano?

"I have more experience on the piano but now my main interest is the clarinet. Do you think I should practice your method on the clarinet, on the piano or both?"

How does the IFR method apply to the bass?

I am a bass player with about 15 years of rock band experience whose first love has always been smooth jazz. I want to know if your book would help this bass player realize his goals of being able to improvise at will and gather a much better musical understanding.

Should I start with the video course or the e-book?

I'm debating whether I should buy the IFR e-book or the IFR Video Course for Guitar. Can you tell me what is included in each one, and what are the pros and cons of each?

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.

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.

Join my chord melody workshop

Learn to play and improvise in chord melody style in this 12-week online group course. Beginners welcome! Through step-by-step creative exercises and my personal coaching, you'll learn to express yourself creatively in chord melody style on the guitar.

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.