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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin June 6
May 9, 2016

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. MAY SPECIAL - $19.95. ... Enroll Today!


Cliff Engel Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Rhythmic Phrasing

May 9, 2016 - *Subscriber's Area*

Just as you need to maintain an extensive melodic vocabulary for soloing, you must also develop a diverse vocabulary of rhythms because effective rhythmic phrasing is an essential aspect of retaining the attention of an audience. Rhythm is the single most significant element of soloing in any style of music, and regardless of your note selection, if your phrasing lacks rhythmic variety, listeners will simply lose interest in your playing.

If music is related to a language, the best speakers will pause when delivering a speech in order to provide time for their audience to absorb the information. Great improvisers take the same approach and will incorporate pauses so that the listeners can process the musical ideas being expressed. If you fail to insert space within your phrases, the audience will just tune you out.

During your practice sessions, you can experiment with a number of techniques to improve the diversity of your rhythmic phrasing. Rather than transcribing solos note-for-note, you can transcribe just the rhythms of your favorite solos, and then borrow those rhythms when improvising your own phrases. You can practice starting and ending phrases on each eighth note of the measure. You can also practice playing lines of various lengths over the span of one or two bars. While you examine these different techniques, always consider where to place accents in your phrases along with which articulations to employ, and think about leaving space in terms of when silence should begin, its duration, and when it should cease.

When the tempo of a composition is medium to fast, solos often contain a considerable amount of eighth notes, and as a result, soloists may have difficulty sustaining rhythmic variety if their phrases feature a continuous stream of the same rhythm for an extended period of time. Even if their phrases are only composed of eighth notes, soloists can imply different levels of rhythmic activity through accents and various articulations. Typically, soloists tend to accent the first note, last note, highest note, and lowest note of a phrase. They also accent notes that are placed on the upbeats such as the "and" of beats one, two, three, or four as well as notes that follow skips. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!




Certificate Of Completion The IIB Online Bass Courses Certification
May 9, 2016

The IIB offers two levels of bass certification. The Certificate Of Completion is awarded to bassists who successfully complete all 5 of the IIB's online bass courses. The Professional Bass Certificate is the highest level of certification obtainable at the IIB and is designed as a project for bassists who are dedicated to the advancement of contemporary bass performance, the study of the bass tradition, and seek to play bass on a professional level. ... Get Certified!