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Best way to analyze standards in a minor key

Most songs over which I want to improvise normally have just one concrete environment, so it might be easier to name the notes as starting from note 1 rather than from a note of the parent key. Do you think it's necessary to alway connect back to the parent key?

Song for My Father, part 1

Horace Silver's classic "Song for My Father" is a perfect song for beginning improvisers because the entire song is made from just four chords. In this four-part lesson series you will learn to improvise your own solos over the entire form.

Song for My Father, part 2

In this lesson we will explore the second chord that appears in Song for My Father. It's called the 5D chord (pronounced "five dominant chord"). You will learn to improvise over this chord and to create this sound in your music.

Song for My Father, part 3

In this lesson you will learn to improvise over the 4D chord (pronounced "four dominant chord"). This is the first chord that contains a note from outside the key of the music, so you'll see how we approach these chords in IFR.

Song for My Father, part 4

Our fourth and final lesson on Song for My Father covers the 3D chord and gives you the complete chord progression to the song. The lesson includes a free IFR jam track to practice improvising over the entire song.

Harmonic analysis of Bye Bye Blackbird

Despite the almost child-like simplicity of this popular song written by Ray Henderson, Bye Bye Blackbird has become one of the most important jazz standards of all time. In this lesson we analyze the complete chord progression.

Harmonic analysis of Infant Eyes

This special lesson for advanced IFR students offers a complete harmonic analysis of Wayne Shorter's beautiful composition "Infant Eyes".

Harmonic analysis of Ain't Misbehavin'

The opening line of Fats Waller's classic Ain't Misbehavin' gives us an opportunity to understand one of the most common uses of diminished chords, and how to create these sounds in our own improvisations.

What are all those circles for?

I'm intrigued by your harmonic analysis with circles around some numbers. I would like to kindly ask why are those numbers put in circles?