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Improvise for Real in print

I'm excited to try the IFR method but I would prefer to have a hard copy of your book. Is Improvise for Real available in print?

Will IFR help me understand chord symbols?

I notice that at least in the beginning of your method, you don't talk about chord types like major, minor, dominant, diminished. You describe everything only as the "1 chord" the "2 chord", etc. So how will I know how to improvise over songs with chord symbols like "A-7b5"?

Can IFR be applied to the ukulele?

Can the IFR method be applied to the ukulele? How can I visualize the map of notes on the fretboard, given that the strings are tuned out of order?

Is there an IFR app for analyzing sheet music?

Is there an IFR app for reading standard music notation and showing it with the IFR tonal numbers?

Applying IFR to the banjo

I play the five string banjo with open G tuning. Yesterday I bought the IFR method book and I see that guitar and bass players use a special version of Exercise 1. Is there a special version of Exercise 1 for banjo?

Practicing IFR Exercise 2 with "Amazing Grace"

If I play popular songs like "Amazing Grace" with many different interval jumps in all 12 keys on my sax, is this a good way to practice IFR Exercise 2? Or does this complicate the idea?

How to pick up tunes and improvise confidently?

I have problems remembering tunes and I want to feel more confident improvising. I want to tell a story rather than just randomly playing what comes to my fingers or thought. I really want to train my ears so I can just pick up a tune instantly and play.

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