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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin August 1
July 18, 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. JULY SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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!

Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
July 18, 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!

Cliff Engel Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
A Guide To Picking Hand Techniques
Picking Hand Position

July 18, 2016 - *Subscriber's Area*

Even though a bass guitar may contain a sophisticated electronic circuit featuring variable bass, midrange, and treble controls, you can greatly affect the tone generated from an instrument by merely shifting the position of the picking hand between the fingerboard and bridge. Since there is a considerable tonal palette available between the fingerboard and bridge, you can create a variety of sounds without needing to adjust the equalizer settings on a bass or amplifier.

With the picking hand positioned near or over the fingerboard close to where the neck joins the body, you can produce a deep, round tone with an accentuated low end similar to that of an acoustic upright bass that blends in well with a mix of other instruments.

If the picking hand sounds a string close to the bridge, the resulting tone will be brighter and more articulate with an emphasis on the treble frequencies that will tend to cut through the mix.

From a physical control perspective, the strings will be easier to control towards the bridge due to the strings being more resistant or less flexible near their endpoint. By comparison, the strings will feel much looser and more difficult to control when played closer to the fingerboard. To demonstrate, sound the E-string near the end of the fingerboard, and take note of the intensity at which the string vibrates back and forth. Using approximately the same amount of pressure, sound the E-string close to the bridge, and you will notice that it moves considerably less. As the picking hand is repositioned, you will need to lighten the amount of force utilized to sound the strings because if you use the same level of pressure at the end of the fingerboard as what is employed near the bridge, the volume won't be consistent and the strings may strike the fingerboard which can result in unwanted string clacking.

When playing a bass with a two-pickup configuration, picking the strings between the neck and bridge pickups will result in the best overall combination of lows and highs and is generally well suited for most styles of music.

The biggest factor to take into consideration when deciding on where to pick a string should be dictated by the music you are playing at that given time and the tone best suited for that particular style. For example, if you are playing jazz or blues music, you will be able to generate a tone that is the most appropriate for those styles by picking the strings near the fingerboard. If you are performing in rock or funk genres, picking the strings close to the bridge will help produce a tone that works well for that music. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB Online Bass Course Testimonials
July 18, 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!