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Intervals vs. tonal ear training

In this video I demonstrate why tonal ear training is so much more powerful than listening for intervals, especially over long or complex chord progressions.

IFR video lesson: Build the Map

In this video I'll show you two fantastic exercises for beginners to the IFR method. These two exercises will greatly accelerate your ability to visualize the notes of any key on your instrument.

Special message for beginners

This is a special lesson for beginners to musical improvisation. I'll show you how you can begin improvising right now as a creative and exciting part of your daily music practice.

IFR video lesson: How to study chords

In this video I show you a complete system for studying new chords so that you can improvise over them with confidence, use them in your compositions and learn to recognize them by ear in the music of other people.

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 the key of the music by ear

In this video demonstration with tenor sax and piano, we demonstrate how IFR students are able to instantly find the key of the music by ear.

IFR video lesson: Always be composing

In this video tutorial we demonstrate several examples of one of our favorite musical principles which is to use every musical exercise as an opportunity to practice telling musical stories through our playing.

IFR video lesson: How to play what you hear - 5 great exercises

In this video lesson I show you five great ways to practice using the IFR Tonal Map to play the sounds you imagine.

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.

How to practice difficult movements in Exercise 1

I'm wondering about the trombone? The image you use of the notes being connected as one long chain doesn’t really fit with the trombone because the notes are not evenly spaced. Do you have any suggestions?