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October 9, 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. ... 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. ... 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 Lesson Of The Week
A Guide To Slapping Techniques

October 9, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

Similar to how the position of the picking hand can have a significant impact on the tone generated from an instrument when utilizing the alternating two-finger technique, shifting the position of the slapping hand from over the fingerboard to the bridge can greatly affect the tone produced by a bass when applying slapping and plucking techniques.

The traditional and most common location to slap the strings is at the end of the fingerboard over the last fret. If you are playing a bass featuring a full two-octave fingerboard with 24 frets, this spot would be over the 24th fret.

Because there are a wide array of tones available between the fingerboard and bridge, you can create a variety of sounds by shifting the position of the slapping hand from over the fingerboard at the 20th or 22nd fret on a two-octave fingerboard to the neck pickup.

The angle at which the slapping hand is held relative to the strings may vary from parallel to perpendicular. The angle most frequently used when slapping is halfway between those two extremes. If the slapping hand is held in a position that is parallel with the strings, most of the muting duties on the lower strings can be performed by the forearm when the thumb is slapping the higher strings. On the other end of the spectrum, if the slapping hand is held in a position that is perpendicular to the strings, similar to utilizing standard bass playing technique with the alternating two-finger approach, the wrist can conduct most of the muting.

Once the slapping hand is placed relative to the strings, it may float freely above the strings in a closed fist position, or it can be also held in an open position with the pinky finger providing a point of reference on the body to help estimate the distance between the slapping hand and strings. The main advantage with the open hand technique is that it can improve accuracy due to the position reference against the body. However, its one drawback is that the pinky fingernail can place light scuff marks in the finish of a bass when used for an extended period of time.

The basic slapping technique is executed by striking the strings with the side of the picking hand thumb.

Although lines that are slapped or plucked will certainly sound different than phrases played with standard bass playing technique, there should not be a detectable increase or decrease in the dynamics or volume of the notes articulated with slapping and plucking. Lines should sound consistent and even regardless of the articulation utilized.

In terms of the motion required to strike the strings, most of the movement when slapping is generated by rotating the wrist. With regard to the amount of distance needed to strike a string and create a solid attack, it takes very little space between the slapping hand thumb and strings to produce a good slap tone. When the slapping hand moves further away from the strings, it takes longer to execute the slapping motion which will make intricate lines harder to perform, and it also requires you to exert more energy.

As the slapping hand moves from one string to the next, the string gauges change, and as a result, the thinner D and G strings are more difficult to slap and require more accuracy than the thicker E and A strings.

Although slapping and plucking can be applied to any fretted or fretless bass guitar, these techniques generally sound better when performed on fretted instruments since the frets contribute significantly to the sound.

In standard notation, slapping is typically indicated with an "S" for slap or "T" for thumb. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!




Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
October 9, 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
October 9, 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!