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The Complete Method On DVD

November 20, 2017

The IIB offers 5 bass courses covering several areas of traditional and contemporary bass playing including technique, theory, sight reading, bass line construction, and soloing. These courses will enhance your understanding of the techniques and theories that are crucial to your success as an independent musician and will also increase your performance opportunities.

Since launching Jazz Bass Lines, the IIB's first bass course in 2009, one of the most frequently asked questions sent by students has been regarding the possibility of making the courses available on DVD. Now, you can purchase all of the bass courses on DVD including Contemporary Techniques, Music Theory For Bass, Sight Reading For Bass, Jazz Bass Lines, and Soloing Techniques. THIS HOLIDAY SPECIAL ENDS DECEMBER 31. ... Enroll Today!

Cliff Engel Featured Lesson Of The Week
Improvisation Techniques - Rhythmic Phrasing

November 20, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

Just as you need to maintain an extensive melodic vocabulary for soloing, you must also develop a diverse vocabulary of rhythms because effective rhythmic phrasing is an essential aspect of retaining the attention of an audience. Rhythm is the single most significant element of soloing in any style of music, and regardless of your note selection, if your phrasing lacks rhythmic variety, listeners will simply lose interest in your playing.

If music is related to a language, the best speakers will pause when delivering a speech in order to provide time for their audience to absorb the information. Great improvisers take the same approach and will incorporate pauses so that the listeners can process the musical ideas being expressed. If you fail to insert space within your phrases, the audience will just tune you out.

During your practice sessions, you can experiment with a number of techniques to improve the diversity of your rhythmic phrasing. Rather than transcribing solos note-for-note, you can transcribe just the rhythms of your favorite solos, and then borrow those rhythms when improvising your own phrases. You can practice starting and ending phrases on each eighth note of the measure. You can also practice playing lines of various lengths over the span of one or two bars. While you examine these different techniques, always consider where to place accents in your phrases along with which articulations to employ, and think about leaving space in terms of when silence should begin, its duration, and when it should cease.

When the tempo of a composition is medium to fast, solos often contain a considerable amount of eighth notes, and as a result, soloists may have difficulty sustaining rhythmic variety if their phrases feature a continuous stream of the same rhythm for an extended period of time. Even if their phrases are only composed of eighth notes, soloists can imply different levels of rhythmic activity through accents and various articulations. Typically, soloists tend to accent the first note, last note, highest note, and lowest note of a phrase. They also accent notes that are placed on the upbeats such as the "and" of beats one, two, three, or four as well as notes that follow skips. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
November 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 Bass Course Testimonials
November 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!