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New Sessions Begin August 7

July 24, 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. JULY SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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
The Two-Feel

July 24, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

First developed to generate a feeling of buoyancy or lightness for dance music, the two-feel is a common style of accompaniment most often utilized by bassists during the melody or head of jazz compositions before transitioning into a standard walking four bass line for the solos. Sometimes referred to as the two-beat, the broken two-feel, or even the skip two-feel, this concept can also be frequently heard within the "A" sections of 32-bar A-A-B-A song forms where the "B" section or bridge is played in a straight-ahead walking four style. Unlike a walking four bass line consisting of a steady stream of quarter notes, the traditional two-feel places the emphasis on the half note.

In its most fundamental form, the two-feel or two-beat consists of only two half notes per measure. The root of the chord is played on the first beat followed by the fifth on the third beat. Using the concept of tension and release, the harmonic tension of the line may be heightened by placing a non-diatonic tone as a chromatic approach note on beat three of the measure. By integrating rhythmic embellishments such as eighth-note triplets, skips, ghost skips, syncopated rhythms, hammer-on skips, pull-off skips, and slurred skips, you can create more of a broken two-feel or skip two-feel. Although rhythmic embellishments can be placed anywhere within the measure, they are most frequently found before points of harmonic shift and within turnarounds. In a standard 12-bar blues, rhythmic embellishments are commonly placed in measures 4, 8, 11, and 12 to highlight the arrival of bars 5, 9, and the subsequent chorus. With the broken two-feel, the underlying sense of rhythmic tension and release is intensified, thus enhancing the forward motion of the line.

With regard to incorporating rhythmic embellishments, be careful not to go beyond your role as an accompanist. If the bass line becomes saturated with too much rhythmic activity, it may defeat the general purpose of the two-feel. Since the two-feel is usually applied while the melody of the composition is being played, you typically don't want to exaggerate the half notes with too many rhythmic embellishments or else you might distract the listener's attention from the melody. Rhythmic embellishments can add a rhythmic depth to your lines, but too many embellishments may disrupt the overall flow of the pulse. The two-feel should enhance the melody and not draw attention away from it. As always, the notes and rhythms that you choose to play should support and compliment the music as a whole. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
July 24, 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
July 24, 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!