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The International Institute Of Bassists Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Chordal Techniques For Bass Guitar
"Autumn Leaves"

October 13, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

Chordal playing on bass guitar has become increasingly popular among contemporary bassists especially when utilized within solo performances. By borrowing finger picking technique from guitar players, three and four notes can be sounded on bass guitar simultaneously as block chords or in an arpeggiated fashion. To play chords on bass guitar, the thumb, index, and middle fingers pull the strings away from the instrument's body using a motion opposite to that of the rest stroke. If applicable, the ring and pinky fingers can be incorporated to sound four or five-note chords, but most chords played on bass guitar are constructed using 3-note voicings. In theory, more than four notes can be played simultaneously on any bass with five or more strings, but rarely will you hear that in real musical application due to the low range of bass guitar and the concept of low interval limit. When chords are played in the lowest registers of instruments such as bass guitar, acoustic upright, and piano, they tend to sound muddy. Also, with the introduction of more notes into a chord, regardless of the range spanned, the individual notes become harder to distinguish. The clarity of chords can be enhanced by picking the strings closer to the bridge.

This lesson features a chordal arrangement of "Autumn Leaves," a classic jazz composition. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Melodic Accompaniment Tapping
October 13, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

Contemporary tapping techniques can be utilized on bass guitar to play the lead voice or melody with accompaniment during a solo performance.

In this lesson, you will find a collection of examples consisting of triads, seventh chords, and scales to demonstrate melodic accompaniment. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin November 3
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October 13, 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. ... SPECIAL OCTOBER SALE!

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!

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October 6, 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!