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Q&A - How much should I practice?

An IFR student asks how much he needs to practice to be successful with the IFR method.

 Modal improvisation demonstration

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.

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.

How to recognize a song's tonal center

If I identify a particular note as the tonal center of a song, how can I tell if it's note 4 (for example) of one particular scale or note 1 of another?

Exercise 1 Daily Meditation, level 1 (half steps)

For IFR students practicing Exercise 1: Landscape, this is a demonstration of the Exercise 1 Daily Meditation. Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar demonstrates the exercise on the tenor saxophone using the interval of a half step.

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?

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.

How to build a strong sense of tonal orientation

When I'm practicing Seven Worlds, sometimes I lose my tonal orientation and I can't feel the note that is supposed to be acting as the tonal center. So for example note 2 doesn't feel like 'home' anymore. Instead my ear keeps on wanting to resolve to note 1. Do you have any tips for this?

Exercise 1 Daily Meditation, level 2 (whole steps)

For IFR students practicing Exercise 1: Landscape, this is a demonstration of the Exercise 1 Daily Meditation. Marina Vallet demonstrates the exercise on the soprano saxophone using the interval of a whole step.

IFR Exercise Demonstration - Seven Worlds, level 6

For IFR students practicing Exercise 2: Melody, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds in the 6th harmonic environment. Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar explores the harmonic environment on tenor sax.