His book contains simple exercises that have infinite potential. Exercises that give you permission to experiment, to see what the possibilities are, to take risks, to just have fun. You will get to know your instrument. The way I interpret Reed's teachings blurs the line between practice and playing. It has increased my desire to pick up my banjo every day and try something new.
The other thing I've realized from working with Improvise for Real is that it's not about the rush to get better or be in any kind of hurry at all. It's about enjoying the moment. I do feel like it is teaching me how to be a better musician. More importantly, IFR has given me the power to create music now - right now - instead of waiting for some future time when I'm good enough.