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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin August 3 - Enroll Today!
July 27, 2015

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 - 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!

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Sight Reading For Bass - A Reading Checklist

July 27, 2015 - *Subscriber's Area*

In order to successfully navigate through a song written in standard music notation, there are a number of variables you should quickly identify before attempting to play the music. You can compare the process of sight reading music notation to that of following directions as you travel from location A to location B. When you read a map or drive on a road, you are presented with various signs that specify details such as the distance you need to travel as well as where you need to turn in order to arrive at your destination. The same concept can be applied to sight reading music notation because your primary goal is to navigate through the piece of music, from start to finish, without making a mistake or getting lost during the process. Not only should you be able to easily recognize all of the notes and rhythms in notation, but at the same time, you should be able to produce a performance which reflects that of prepared music. To accomplish this task, you need to follow all of the directions outlined in the notation.

This sight reading checklist contains a series of questions to ask yourself along with some additional variables to consider when sight reading a song written in standard music notation for the first time.

In the early stages of learning how to read music notation, it will be practically impossible to play through an entire piece of music without stopping because you won't be completely familiar with the syntax of the musical language. However, as you become more proficient at reading, your playing will sound more like a prepared performance. The best sight readers can read a piece of music perfectly on the first take and make their performance sound as if they had been playing the music for years.

Always remember that practicing sight reading is different from practicing for performance. When you are practicing reading, your main objective is to keep pace with the music because it isn't going to stop even if you make an error. While practicing for performance, you must stop if an error occurs, analyze why the mistake was made, and then isolate it until it can be performed perfectly without stopping. As you practice reading, choose a tempo that is slow enough to minimize mistakes but at the same time fast enough to push your sight reading ability and create a challenge. If an error does occur, keep your eyes on the notation, and jump back in when you can. To help maintain consistent counting, base your counting on the smallest rhythmic subdivision in the measure. For example, if the measure contains quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note rhythms, count the entire measure as sixteenth notes.

When you read music, position yourself so that the neck of your bass is in a close visual line with what you are reading. This will allow you to use peripheral vision to help prepare for any necessary position shifts with your fretting hand without taking your eyes directly off the music. Read at least one measure ahead of where you are playing, and don't forget to listen to everything going on around you. As a member of the rhythm section, it is especially important that bassists pay particular attention to the drummer or percussionists because they will often signal the start of a new section or the end of the song form with rhythmic accents. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses - Professional Bass Certificate The IIB Online Bass Courses Certification
July 27, 2015

The IIB offers two levels of bass certification. The Professional Bass Certificate is the highest level of certification obtainable at the IIB and is designed as a project for bassists who are dedicated to the advancement of contemporary bass performance, the study of the bass tradition, and seek to play bass on a professional level. The Certificate Of Completion is awarded to bassists who successfully complete all 5 of the IIB's online bass courses. ... Read More!

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July 27, 2015

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!