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Cliff Engel
Cliff Engel is a bass guitarist and the founder of the International Institute of Bassists. He has been playing electric bass in all styles of music since 1987 with a primary emphasis on solo bass guitar and contemporary jazz. Cliff earned a bachelor of arts degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As an instructor of technique, theory, and improvisation, Cliff has taught his methods to thousands of bassists around the world through his online bass courses, live video lessons, private lessons, and bass lessons by correspondence program.

In 1997, Cliff founded the International Institute of Bassists (IIB) at InstituteOfBass.com. The IIB is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary bass performance and the study of the bass tradition.

Cliff has designed 6 online bass courses at the IIB including Contemporary Techniques - The Basics & Beyond For Bass Guitar (2013), Jazz Improvisation For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass (2012), Sight Reading For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass (2012), Music Theory For Bass - Essential Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass (2011), Soloing Techniques For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass (2010), and Jazz Bass Lines - Contemporary Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass (2009).

Cliff has been performing contemporary music for unaccompanied electric bass guitar for many years. He has been a featured performer on bass guitar and acoustic upright bass in numerous ensembles including regional jazz duos, trios, quartets, quintets, fusion bands, rock bands, funk bands, big bands, R&B bands, country bands, musicals, choirs, churches, and orchestras. In May 2002, he was profiled in Bass Player magazine.

As editor of the IIB and a freelance writer, Cliff has interviewed many of the world's leading bassists. He has also written promotional press for dozens of music manufacturers and bassists which has been featured in a variety of print and online resources including magazines, instructional books, DVDs, CDs, product brochures, and on artist/manufacturer websites.