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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin November 7
October 10, 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. OCTOBER SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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 Bass Lesson Of The Week
Supportive Fingering

October 10, 2016 - *Subscriber's Area*

Regardless of where the fretting hand is positioned on the fingerboard, don't waste energy by allowing the fingers to "wave" or "fly" far above the fingerboard because when the distance between the strings and fingers increases, the time it takes to move the fingers closer to the strings also increases.

Keep the fingers near the strings ready to use at all times. If you are playing an ascending line over the four-fret span between the fifth and eighth frets of the A-string, as the index finger plays the fifth fret, the middle, ring, and pinky fingers should be all closely hovering over the sixth, seventh, and eighth frets, respectively. If you are playing a line which descends over the same four-fret span of the A-string, the pinky finger will play the eighth fret while the ring, middle, and index fingers are already positioned over the seventh, sixth, and fifth frets, respectively, as they wait to play once the preceding finger has been lifted off the fingerboard. Although the middle, ring, and pinky fingers must stay positioned slightly above the string in order for the note fretted by the index finger to sound while ascending, during a descending passage, the index, middle, and ring fingers can be actually placed on the string to help support the pinky while it plays a note. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
October 10, 2016

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
October 10, 2016

"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!