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Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Tapping Techniques
Solo Bass Guitar

August 18, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

In this lesson, you will find a collection of arrangements for unaccompanied bass guitar including "Blue Monk," "Freddie Freeloader," "Linus And Lucy," "Now's The Time," and "When The Saints Go Marching In."

Utilizing contemporary tapping techniques, we will play melodies, chordal accompaniment, and bass lines simultaneously. In every arrangement, the lines notated in the bottom bass clef and its associated tablature staff will be tapped with the fretting hand while the lines in the top bass clef and its related tablature staff are tapped with the picking hand. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin September 1

August 18, 2014

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. ... 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!

The International Institute Of Bassists Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Neighbor Notes

August 18, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

If music is compared to a spoken or written language, not every word within a sentence is significant to the overall understanding of the message being communicated. For example, nouns and verbs constitute the primary information in an effort to convey ideas whereas adjectives, adverbs, and the like assist in qualifying that information. In music, some tones provide the basic structure while other notes serve to embellish upon that principal content. Think of the chord tones and scale tones as providing the foundation or structure. In other words, chord tones and scale tones will function as the nouns and verbs of music. The way musicians approach playing or ornamenting those chord tones and scale tones will be equivalent to the roles of the adjectives or adverbs of a language. Since Western music consists of only 12 different tones, the essential building blocks used in the construction of bass lines and solos are rather limited. However, through the utilization of embellishing tones, vibrato, dynamics, and different methods of articulation such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, slurs, and grace notes, musicians can add individuality or a degree of uniqueness to the way they interpret music.

Chord tones are identified as the root, third, fifth, and seventh degrees of a scale while scale tones consist of the second, fourth, and sixth scale steps. Non-diatonic notes are tones which are not found within the chord or its diatonically associated scale. Embellishing tones are notes of secondary significance in music, and many times they are not diatonic to the harmony. Often, they create dissonance and resolve by either a half step or a whole step to a more critical pitch.

A neighbor note is an embellishing tone which occurs stepwise between a more important tone and its repetition. It may be played above or below the tone of greater significance, and like passing notes and approach tones, neighbor notes may or may not be a member of the chord or one of that chord's most closely associated scales. Notes which function as single chromatic neighbors are typically non-diatonic to the harmony because they are not found within the scale related to the chord. By utilizing non-diatonic tones as chromatic neighbor notes, the underlying sense of tension and resolution in bass lines and solos can be heightened.

This collection of exercises contains the most common single chromatic neighbor note techniques used in the construction of bass lines and solos. These exercises are excellent for ear training purposes because they will help you internalize the sound of single chromatic neighbor notes along with how they relate to particular chord types. They are also great exercises for expanding your fretboard familiarity since they can be played across every position of the fingerboard, and due to all of the string crossing that is required, these exercises will certainly help develop your technique. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

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August 18, 2014

The Subscriber's Area is an exclusive section of the IIB which includes the 20-lesson online bass course Jazz Improvisation For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass, the IIB Bass Samplers, and an extensive collection of lesson material featuring over 300 individual lessons which cover a broad range of subjects.

Jazz Improvisation is a comprehensive 20-lesson course that will help you acquire the essential skills which are necessary to connect your ears to the fingerboard, develop ideas, and communicate more fluently through the language of improvisation. Featuring dozens of fretboard diagrams and play-along tracks with exercises written in standard notation and tablature, topics covered include practice techniques, ear training, scales, modes, chords, passing notes, approach note techniques, and chord tone soloing. After completing this course, you will have expanded your fretboard familiarity, broadened your knowledge of chord/scale theory, increased your technical proficiency on the instrument, and become more productive in your practice sessions. You will possess the fundamental tools that are required to improvise great bass lines and solos on any chord type, chord progression, or song form in the jazz repertoire. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!