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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin Monday, November 3 - Enroll Today!
October 27, 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!

Cliff Engel Bass Lessons - Double Slapping & Double Plucking
October 27, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

To continue our study of slapping and plucking techniques on bass guitar, this collection of exercises features double slapping and double plucking.

With the traditional bouncing thumb technique, just as its name suggests, the thumb bounces or rebounds off the string immediately after striking it. Rather than allowing the thumb to instantly rebound off the string, double slapping or double thumbing is performed using the slap-through technique by playing through the string with the same downward and upward picking motion utilized by a guitarist. For example, after you slap the A-string with the thumb, play through the string, and allow the thumb to briefly touch the D-string. The thumb then has the opportunity to move back across the string through an upward picking motion. On the downstroke, the string is struck with the side of the thumb, but during the upstroke, the string is sounded with the corner of the thumbnail.

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.

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. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The International Institute Of Bassists Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Unison Tapping

October 27, 2014 - *Subscriber's Area*

When tapping in unison, notes are tapped in a mirror-like fashion using the same fingers and rhythm. For example, if you tap the note A at the fifth fret of the E-string with the index finger on the fretting hand in eighth-note rhythms, the note A, one octave higher, at the twelfth fret of the A-string will be tapped at the same time with the index finger on the picking hand.

After working through a collection of discrete finger isolation exercises using alternating fingers on single notes, you are presented with exercises featuring one-finger-per-fret, shifting, triads, seventh chords, scales, common chord progressions, and the 12-bar blues. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

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October 27, 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!