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Music Theory For Bass
Essential Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass

The Next Session Begins October 2

The IIB Online Bass Courses - Music Theory For Bass
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. As you increase your understanding of music theory, you will be able to communicate more effectively with other musicians through the language of music. You will also become more efficient and productive in your own practice sessions. Utilizing a step-by-step approach, this course starts by outlining the fundamental building blocks of music including pitch and rhythm. In subsequent weeks, you will learn how to read and write standard music notation as well as how to decipher key signatures, time signatures, chord symbols, chord progressions, and song forms. You will also learn to play intervals, triads, seventh chords, and scales in every key across the entire range of the fingerboard. Other topics we will discuss include articulations, passing notes, approach notes, neighbor notes, tensions, cells, sequences, and ear training. Accompanying each weekly lesson will be self-assessment quizzes to evaluate your progress and strengthen the principles which are required to establish a solid musical foundation. 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.

Topics Discussed In Music Theory For Bass Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass & Staff
- Pitch
- Note & Rhythmic Recognition
- Rhythm Studies
- Note & Rest Values (Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth, Eighth-Note Triplet & Sixteenth)
- Dots & Ties
- Notation Guidelines/Placement
- Beams & Stems
- Ledger Lines
- Bar Lines
- Bass Notation
- Articulation Markings
- Dynamics
- Key Signatures
- Accidentals
- Enharmonic Equivalents
- The Circle Of Fifths
- Relative & Parallel Minor Keys
- Pulse & Meter
- Simple & Compound Meters
- Time Signatures
- Whole Steps & Half Steps
- Simple & Compound Intervals
- Major, Minor, Diminished & Augmented Triads
- Seventh Chords
- Tensions/Extended Chords
- Inversions
- Scale Degrees
- The Modes Of The Major Scale
- The Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale
- The Modes Of The Harmonic Minor Scale
- Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales
- The Blues Scale
- Whole-Step/Half-Step & Half-Step/Whole-Step Diminished Scales
- The Whole Tone Scale
- The Chromatic Scale
- The Augmented Scale
- A Guide To Scales
- Scalar Exercises
- Connecting Changes With Triads, Chord Tones & Scales
- Triad, Chordal & Scale Cells
- Triad, Chordal & Scalar Sequences
- The 12-Bar Blues, 32-Bar A-A-B-A & Other Basic Song Forms
- Common Chord Progressions, Chord Substitutions & Turnarounds
- Key Centers
- Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Target Notes
- Passing Notes
- Approach Notes
- Neighbor Notes
- Voice Leading
- Transposition
- Timing
- Harmonics
- Memorizing Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- A Guide To Chord Symbols
- Transcriptions In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Essential Listening Discographies
- Over 100 Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass & The Staff
- Read & Write Standard Music Notation
- Play Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales Across The Entire Range Of The Fingerboard
- Increase Your Technical & Theoretical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Understand Basic Chord/Scale, Classical & Jazz Theory
- Identify Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales By Ear
- Construct Bass Lines Using Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Integrate Rhythmic Diversity Into Your Playing
- Improvise Bass Lines & Solos In Different Styles Of Music
- Recognize Chord Symbols & Common Chord Progressions
- Navigate Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- Transpose A 12-Bar Blues To Every Key
- Play Your Instrument With Proper Tone & Feel
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Improvisation
- Transcribe Bass Lines, Solos & Melodies

Prerequisites For Music Theory For Bass
- Visit The IIB Requirements Page For A Complete List Of Required Hardware & Software

Duration: 12 Weeks
Cost: 24.95