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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 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.

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.

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

In this video lesson I show you five great exercises that will help you connect your ear with your instrument.

Is singing the tonal numbers a crutch?

I play the guitar and in order to avoid getting lost on the fretboard I say the numbers of the scale out loud. So I literally say "1, 2, 3" etc out loud as I'm playing. Will this be like a crutch in the future where I can't move around unless I count the notes?

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?

There is always time to practice!

Even with just a few minutes per day you can still have a deep and meaningful connection with music. Your pleasure and satisfaction aren't necessarily about "how long you practice" but about how completely you allow yourself to get lost in the experience.