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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.

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.

Do I need to read sheet music to understand IFR?

I've heard so many great things about IFR. Is it necessary for me to read sheet music to understand the concepts in your book?

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.

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Improvisation exercise with whole steps on the soprano sax

In this video Marina Vallet demonstrates the IFR Staircase exercise on the soprano saxophone using the interval of the whole step.

IFR improvisation exercise with the chromatic scale on trumpet

Alvar Monfort demonstrates the IFR 'Staircase' exercise on the trumpet with jazz phrasing.

IFR improvisation exercise 'Seven Worlds' on flute

For IFR students practicing Exercise 2: Melody, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds in the 4th harmonic environment. Ferran Badal explores the harmonic environment on the alto flute.

IFR exercise "Seven Worlds Expanded" on clarinet

For IFR students practicing Exercise 3: Pure Harmony, this is a demonstration of the exercise Seven Worlds Expanded on the clarinet. Imma Udina demonstrates the exercise exploring the 4 chord in the modal range.

Private improvisation lessons for string players

I offer private lessons for violin, viola and cello players who want to be able to understand music by ear, create their own melodies and play in social settings without depending on sheet music.