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June 19, 2017

Contemporary Techniques For Bass Guitar is the definitive guide to technique for bass guitar. Regardless of your current playing level, prior experience, or the genres of music you prefer to play, this comprehensive course will solidify the foundation required to become a proficient bassist and save you countless hours of frustration by learning how to do it right the first time. JUNE SPECIAL - $19.95. ... Enroll Today!

Music Theory For Bass is a beginner to intermediate level course that examines the essential elements of music. For beginners, this course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of harmony as it pertains to bassists in contemporary music. More seasoned bassists will gain insight from this course as concepts already obtained from past musical experiences will be reinforced to expand the depth of their musical awareness. By the end of this 12-week course, you will have acquired the tools necessary to read, write, and improvise bass lines and solos over any chord change, chord progression, or song form in any style of music. ... Enroll Today!

Sight Reading For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass is a beginner to intermediate level course that explores all aspects of reading and writing music notation for bassists. Whether your principle goal is to become a professional session bassist, a member of a college jazz ensemble, bass chair of a symphony orchestra, perform in a school musical, play in church, jam with some friends in your garage, or to simply increase the productivity of your practice sessions, improving your sight reading ability will only expand your opportunities as a working bassist. ... Enroll Today!

Jazz Bass Lines is a beginner to intermediate level course that examines all of the fundamental components of walking bass line construction. During this comprehensive 12-week course, you will study the techniques and bass lines of the most prominent jazz bassists. From the basics of traditional walking bass line construction to more advanced contemporary principles, Jazz Bass Lines is designed to establish the crucial foundation and indispensable vocabulary that is necessary for bassists interested in the art of improvising bass lines. ... Enroll Today!

Soloing Techniques For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass is an intermediate to advanced level course that explores all of the fundamental elements required to improvise effective solos. Featuring classic bebop to modern era techniques, you will be presented with a wide array of improvisation concepts and learn how to create your own horn-like solos in the jazz idiom. Soloing Techniques is recommended for both aspiring and professional bassists alike who are seeking an indispensable resource for the contemporary study and analysis of soloing concepts on bass guitar and acoustic upright bass. ... Enroll Today!


Cliff Engel Featured Lesson Of The Week
Articulations

June 19, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

Have you ever listened to a speech where the speaker talked in a monotone voice throughout the entire presentation? Just as a skillful speaker will use different inflections during a speech, sophisticated soloists will integrate vibrato along with various articulations including hammer-ons, pull-offs, slurs, and grace notes into their phrases. Instead of just playing the notes without any accents, you can breathe life into your phrases with these articulations. If you don't insert a combination of both melodic and rhythmic interest into your playing, listeners will simply tune you out as they would someone speaking in a monotone voice. As a soloist, your phrasing and the manner in which you articulate the notes should remain interesting and varied. By incorporating these articulation techniques, your lines will sound more fluid and horn-like.

Vibrato is an expressive technique that can bring even the most basic exercises to life. Although there are a few different variations of vibrato, the one used most frequently is the traditional vibrato employed by members of the orchestral family including violinists, violists, and cellists which involves pressing the string to the fingerboard and moving the note side to side by rolling the finger back and forth. Vibrato can be slow or fast as well as wide or narrow. It can be applied to any note within a passage, but it is the most effective when used on notes of greater significance including those at the end of a phrase or notes which are held for longer rhythmic durations. When you apply vibrato to scales and arpeggios, those fundamental components become much more musical as opposed to mere exercises that are played up and down the fingerboard.

A hammer-on is produced when a finger on the fretting hand strikes down against the fingerboard to sound a pitch. The first note is sounded with standard bass playing technique and then the hammer-on is executed by fretting a different note in a higher position on the fingerboard using another finger on your fretting hand.

Pull-offs are performed using a motion opposite that of hammer-ons and are produced by playing the string with the fretting finger of the note located in a higher position on the fingerboard. Place the fingers on the notes to be sounded. Pick the first note with standard bass playing technique. Rather than lifting your finger up, pull the finger fretting the note higher in pitch off the fingerboard in order to sound the lower note.

To play a slur, simply sound the first note with standard bass playing technique and then slide the same fretting finger up or down to the second note without picking it.

A grace note is a very short ornamental note played using either a hammer-on, pull-off, or slur before the target note.

Since the sound produced through the use of hammer-ons, pull-offs, slurs, and grace notes is more legato than what is heard when each note is articulated separately using standard bass playing technique, strive for both tonal and dynamic consistency when employing these articulations. If they are executed inaccurately, the desired effect will not be achieved. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!




Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
June 19, 2017

Following a step-by-step methodology with instructor Cliff Engel, you will acquire the essential skills and vocabulary which are necessary to connect your ears to the fingerboard, develop ideas, interact with other musicians on a deeper level, and expand the traditional role of the bassist. With these live video bass lessons, you will expand your fretboard familiarity and knowledge of chord/scale theory, improve your sight reading and ear training, and also increase your technical proficiency on the instrument. You will be presented with the fundamental tools that are required to improvise great bass lines and solos on any chord type, chord progression, or song form in any style of music.

These lessons are structured for bassists of all levels from beginner to advanced who are passionate about becoming a more proficient bass player and are seeking an indispensable resource for the contemporary study and analysis of techniques, theory, and principles on bass guitar. Why waste transit time and money while moving to and from private lessons when you can study one-on-one with a live instructor directly from the comfort of your own home? Many people who are current or former students of the IIB online bass courses enroll in live video bass lessons to help compliment and reinforce the concepts introduced in the courses. ... Enroll Today!




The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB Online Bass Course Testimonials
June 19, 2017

"Your courses are the most comprehensive I've ever seen. Anyone who truly wants to study bass at a university music school level should look to your certification program. I also have to tell you that your courses may be the best value I have ever seen. What I received in the first week was worth more than the $25 you charged me for the whole course. Many thanks for putting together such a first-rate, well presented, and content-rich course." ... Read More!