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The IIB Online Bass Courses The Next Sessions Of The IIB's Online Bass Courses Begin October 3
September 28, 2016

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. ... 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. SEPTEMBER 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. ... 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 Featured Bass Lesson Of The Week
Fretting Hand Thumb Position

September 28, 2016 - *Subscriber's Area*

Whether the fretting hand fingers are placed over the fingerboard in a static playing position or as you shift up and down from one position to the next, the thumb should always remain on the back of the neck approximately opposite to the middle or second finger. For example, if you are using the one-finger-per-fret technique spanning the fifth to eighth frets, the thumb should rest on the back of the neck opposite to the middle finger at the sixth fret. When shifting, don't allow the thumb to drag behind the rest of the hand on the back of the neck as it ascends or descends across the fingerboard.

Although many guitarists frequently place their fretting hand thumb over the top of the neck, that technique is much less effective on bass guitar because it greatly reduces your reach and ability to use the one-finger-per-fret technique. Decreasing the amount of reach in the fretting hand will require the use of needless shifting.

Very little thumb pressure is needed on the back of the neck so don't squeeze it more than is necessary. The thumb is present to function as a guide, and so little force is required from the thumb to press the strings down that you should be able to play practically everything without the thumb.

One of the most common mistakes made by beginners is that they generate so much tension in their hands from just trying to hold the bass that their muscles are actually fighting against each other, and much of that tension is created from gripping the neck too tightly with the thumb. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!




Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
September 28, 2016

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
September 28, 2016

"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!