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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin Dec. 1 - Enroll Today!
November 24, 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. ... SPECIAL NOVEMBER SALE!

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!

Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Slapping & Plucking
November 24, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

The basic slapping technique is executed by striking the strings with the side of the picking hand thumb.

Although lines that are slapped or plucked will certainly sound different than phrases played with standard bass playing technique, there should not be a detectable increase or decrease in the dynamics or volume of the notes articulated with slapping and plucking. Lines should sound consistent and even regardless of the articulation utilized.

In terms of the motion required to strike the strings, most of the movement when slapping is generated by rotating the wrist. With regard to the amount of distance needed to strike a string and create a solid attack, it takes very little space between the slapping hand thumb and strings to produce a good slap tone. When the slapping hand moves further away from the strings, it takes longer to execute the slapping motion which will make intricate lines harder to perform, and it also requires you to exert more energy.

As the slapping hand moves from one string to the next, the string gauges change, and as a result, the thinner D and G strings are more difficult to slap and require more accuracy than the thicker E and A strings.

Although slapping and plucking can be applied to any fretted or fretless bass guitar, these techniques generally sound better when performed on fretted instruments since the frets contribute significantly to the sound.

In standard notation, slapping is typically indicated with an "S" for slap or "T" for thumb.

String plucking is generally performed between the end of the fingerboard and the neck pickup. To pluck or pop a string, pull it away from the bass with the tip of the index or middle fingers on the picking hand and then release it. Once the string is released, it will snap onto the frets and create a popping sound.

In terms of the force needed to execute a pluck, you don't need to pull the strings very far away from the fingerboard in order to produce a solid plucking sound.

Even though any of the fingers on the plucking hand can be employed to sound the strings, the index and middle fingers are the most common fingers used for plucking.

Instead of using only a single finger, plucking with both index and middle fingers in an alternating fashion provides the best economy of motion, and it also makes fast, intricate lines easier to play. However, the majority of bassists choose to mostly rely on the index finger for plucking.

Only the tips of the fingers should be used to pluck because if you permit the index or middle fingers to reach too far underneath the strings, they will get hung up and the result will be inconsistent plucks. As the hand moves from one string to the next and the string gauges change, the thicker E and A strings are usually more difficult to control when plucking.

Similar to the alternating two-finger technique, the sound produced while plucking should be so consistent and even that you shouldn't be able to differentiate between the fingers and tell which one is plucking. In other words, the index finger shouldn't be plucking the strings any louder or softer than the middle finger and vice versa.

In standard notation, notes which are to be plucked or popped are denoted with a "P." If double plucking is required to perform the lines, "P1" and "P2" are utilized to indicate the index and middle fingers, respectively.

To continue our study of slapping and plucking techniques on bass guitar, this collection of exercises features string skipping, string crossing, single strings, octaves, fifths, octave vamps, one-finger-per-fret, shifting, triads, seventh chords, and scales. 16 Pages. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The International Institute Of Bassists Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Tapping Roots, Fifths & Octaves

November 24, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

Tapping roots, fifths, and octaves is often employed by bassists to double notes and generate a full sound. Whereas single string tapping involves shifting up and down the strings from lower to higher positions in a horizontal manner, tapping tapping roots, fifths, and octaves requires moving back and forth across the fingerboard from the low strings to the high strings and vice versa in a vertical fashion. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

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November 24, 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!