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The IIB Online Bass Courses, Live Video Bass Lessons & Subscriber's Area Holiday Specials
December 15, 2014

As a holiday special, you can enroll in Contemporary Techniques, Music Theory For Bass, Sight Reading For Bass, Jazz Bass Lines, or Soloing Techniques for only $19.95! You can enroll in 4 Live Video Bass Lessons for only $49.95 ($12.49 per 60 minute lesson - $20 off the regular $69.95 rate). You can also become a lifetime subscriber of the IIB Subscriber's Area for only $29.95 ($10 off the regular $39.95 rate). For more information on the online bass courses, live video lessons, or subscriber's area, click on the links to take advantage of these limited-time special rates.

The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin January 5
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December 15, 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 IIB Gift Certificates The IIB Gift Certificates
December 15, 2014

Finding the right gift for someone isn't always easy. Whether it's for a holiday, birthday, special occasion, or a simple gesture of appreciation, an IIB Gift Certificate is always the perfect present.

IIB gift certificates are available for several products and services including online bass courses, live video lessons, and lifetime subscriptions. IIB gift certificates are redeemable towards any combination of online bass courses including Contemporary Techniques - The Basics And Beyond For Bass Guitar, Music Theory For Bass - Essential Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass, Sight Reading For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass, Jazz Bass Lines - Contemporary Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass, and Soloing Techniques For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass. Gift certificates may also be used towards Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar or a lifetime subscription to The IIB Subscriber's Area. ... Read More!

The International Institute Of Bassists Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Soloing Techniques - Voice Leading

December 15, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

The study of voice leading is an essential step in the development of a musician since an analysis of transcriptions proves that the most melodic solos consist of good voice leading. The voicing of a chord is the manner in which the notes are distributed among the various parts. When providing chordal accompaniment, musicians constantly make decisions regarding which notes to include, leave out, and potentially double. Then, it must be determined how to move individual voices or notes of a chord through a series of chords or chord progressions. Typically, musicians seek to connect chords in a smooth fashion by using common tones that are shared among successive chords and moving voices as little as possible between chords. The techniques of connecting chords are referred to as voice leading because the melodic voice or musical line is led from one chord to the next.

To demonstrate traditional voice leading techniques, we will play three-note chords on a 4-string bass over the chords of a standard 12-bar blues in F. If you analyze the chord progressions in the examples, you will notice that the seventh of one chord becomes the third of the next chord and vice versa. For example, the Eb (7th) and A (3rd) of F7 in the 12-bar blues moves to the D (3rd) and Ab (7th), respectively, of Bb7. Successive chords also often share a common tone. The Gm7 and C7 chords share a common tone of Bb while the Am7 and D7 chords share a common tone of C. When played in the Gm7 chord, the Bb is functioning as the third, and when played as part of the C7 chord, the Bb becomes the seventh. Likewise, the C functions as the third in the Am7 chord and as the seventh in the D7 chord.

As you study transcriptions of melodic solos, you will discover that rather than placing root notes on the first beat of every measure or the downbeat of each chord change, the smoothest voice leading between chords usually occurs when chord tones including the third, fifth, and seventh are utilized. Instead of treating each chord as a separate entity and ending a musical idea with every chord change which results in a series of short, disconnected phrases, good voice leading will permit you to play through the changes and create extended phrases over complete chord progressions for several measures. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Rhythmic Tapping
December 8, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

Previously in our tapping techniques series, we tapped with the fretting and picking hands separately before tapping with both hands simultaneously in a unison fashion. In this lesson, we will work on achieving complete independence between hands by playing through a collection of rhythmic exercises featuring various quarter, eighth, eighth-note triplet, and sixteenth-note combinations.

For demonstration purposes, the note A spaced two octaves apart has been utilized. When the note A at the fifth fret of the E-string is tapped using a finger on the fretting hand, the note A two octaves higher at the fourteenth fret of the G-string will be tapped with the same finger on the picking hand.

If the rhythms in any of the exercises seem too difficult to play with both hands simultaneously, practice the fretting and picking hand parts separately before combining them. If any of the rhythms prove to be really problematic, isolate the parts by tapping the rhythms with your hands on your lap before attempting to tap the rhythms on your bass. Tap the rhythms that have been notated in the bottom bass clef with the fretting hand on one leg, and tap the rhythms in the top bass clef with the picking hand on the other leg. 29 Pages. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Subscriber's Area The IIB Subscriber's Area
Subscribe Today & Receive A FREE Set Of D'Addario ProSteels Bass Strings!

December 8, 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!