The International Institute Of Bassists
Bass Courses Video Lessons Bass Lessons Subscribe Interviews News Links Advertise About Contact Archive Home



What's New At The IIB!
The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB's Online Bass Courses
New Sessions Begin June 5

May 20, 2017

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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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. SPRING 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... Enroll Today!


Cliff Engel Featured Lesson Of The Week
Tensions

May 20, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

In harmonically-dense music, you will often hear the sounds of 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. Like triads and seventh chords, these extended chords are also built in thirds. The compound intervals contained within 9th, 11th, and 13th chords are frequently referred to as tensions, upper structures, upper partials, or secondaries. By adding tensions to seventh chords, you can create more complex-sounding chord types.

If you play every other note of the C major scale in an ascending fashion over two octaves, you will have played a C major 13th arpeggio (CMaj13). This arpeggio would include the notes C-E-G-B-D-F-A or the scale degrees 1-3-5-7-9-11-13. In terms of tertian harmony (chords built in thirds), the 13th chord is the largest tertian chord possible since the next third higher is the same pitch as the root note. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!




Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
May 20, 2017

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!




The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB Online Bass Course Testimonials
May 20, 2017

"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!



The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam
May 20, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam is an annual event which celebrates the bass guitar and showcases the wide range of musical options that bass players can provide. This event not only provides rare and surprising musical performances but also raises money to donate bass guitars to underprivileged and life-challenged youth in Colorado. This year we will be donating to the Blue Star Connection - a local charity organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of children patients with life-threatening illness. Our goal is to put a bass guitar in the hands of youth who normally may not have access to the beautiful instrument of the bass. We pay healing forward through the gift of music. This is our 10th consecutive year for this exciting and well attended musical event that is one-of-a-kind in the Rocky Mountain Region.

In 2017, the RMBS will be featuring two national bass performers in the Legendary Chuck Rainey and SuperFunk Powerhouse Doug Johns. Chuck Rainey is one of the most recorded bassists in music history having recorded on hundreds of chart-topping records ranging from the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Steely Dan.

Doug Johns is known for his raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess. Doug has had the privilege of working with such icons as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, The LA Mass Choir, Aaron Lindsey, and many others. Bass Player Magazine writes on Johns: "One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America... it's his inventiveness that's consistently compelling." The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam also features homegrown talent with Colorado's own local bass performers.

The event is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. All details can be found online at our website: RockyMountainBassSlam.com.