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The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB's Online Bass Courses
New Sessions Begin June 5

May 29, 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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. SPRING 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. SPRING 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... 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. SPRING SPECIAL - $19.95. ... Enroll Today!

Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar Live Video Lessons For Bass Guitar
4 Lessons For $49.95
Half Price Special Rate Ends June 12

May 29, 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. ... HALF PRICE SPECIAL RATE ENDS JUNE 12!

Cliff Engel Featured Lesson Of The Week
Fingerstyle Funk

May 29, 2017 - *Subscriber's Area*

From a technique perspective, one of the most challenging styles of music to execute on bass guitar is fingerstyle funk. By combining the fundamental components typically associated with classic fingerstyle funk bass lines such as muted sixteenth notes played in a staccato fashion, a significant amount of string crossing and string skipping, ghost notes, and quick tempos, playing fingerstyle funk grooves in a clean, even, and consistent manner for an extended period of time will prove to be a very demanding task.

With regard to picking hand technique, it is crucial that you don't permit the fingers to become tangled. For the most efficient manner of playing and the best economy of motion, the picking hand should employ the alternating two-finger technique by constantly alternating back and forth between the index and middle fingers. Since scale degrees including the root, fifth, and octave are the basic building blocks of many fingerstyle funk grooves, the picking hand will be required to cross or skip over strings quickly while moving from the low strings to the high and vice versa. Because the strings feel more resistant or less flexible near their endpoint, they will be easier to control by picking them close to the bridge. Under normal playing conditions, the floating thumb technique can be utilized while performing practically any passage. However, fingerstyle funk grooves often move too fast and don't provide enough time to shift the thumb from one string to the next so the anchored thumb technique must be adopted as necessity dictates.

In order to attain the muted tonality often heard with fingerstyle funk bass lines, there are a couple different ways to produce that sound. String muting is primarily achieved through fretting hand dampening techniques. Although, it is possible to mute the strings with the picking hand fingers if they are quickly placed back on the strings after articulating each tone. Instead of slightly curving the fretting hand fingers over the strings as you would generally do in standard playing position, you can place the fretting hand fingers flat across the strings and fret the notes with the pads of the fingers. The fingers that aren't fretting notes can lay across the fingerboard and mute the string being played. By utilizing this technique, the fingers that aren't fretting notes can lightly dampen the sounding string to help achieve the muted tone of the fretted notes. The degree to which the strings are muted can be controlled by varying the pressure applied with the fingers of the fretting hand which aren't fretting notes at that particular time.

Ghost notes are extremely prevalent in fingerstyle funk grooves and should be sounded as loudly as notes with definitive pitch. By incorporating ghost notes into this style, you can create the impression of moving air to help propel the groove and the overall feel of the music. To play a ghost note, the fretting hand remains in contact with the string but does not press it all the way to the fingerboard while the picking hand articulates the string with the alternating two-finger technique. Ghost notes are indicated as an "x" in music notation, and they can be played across the entire range of the fingerboard. Ghost notes are often notated as the open strings, but they may be placed at other positions on the staff to demonstrate the location of the fretting hand when the ghost note is played.

This collection of exercises features the essential elements found within fingerstyle funk bass lines and is designed to push the limits of your coordination and endurance. The exercises start out easy and become progressively more complex as you move through the material. Always strive to produce a relaxed sound, and do not allow either of your hands to become tense since doing so could cause you to deviate from the steady groove. Besides the various technique considerations that have been outlined when playing fingerstyle funk grooves, don't forget to focus on generating the proper tone and feel. Playing the lines as indicated in the notation is only part of the objective. Listen to the masters of fingerstyle funk, try to emulate their performance, and assimilate their techniques into your own playing. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!

The IIB Online Bass Courses The IIB Online Bass Course Testimonials
May 29, 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!

The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam
May 20, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam is an annual event which celebrates the bass guitar and showcases the wide range of musical options that bass players can provide. This event not only provides rare and surprising musical performances but also raises money to donate bass guitars to underprivileged and life-challenged youth in Colorado. This year we will be donating to the Blue Star Connection - a local charity organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of children patients with life-threatening illness. Our goal is to put a bass guitar in the hands of youth who normally may not have access to the beautiful instrument of the bass. We pay healing forward through the gift of music. This is our 10th consecutive year for this exciting and well attended musical event that is one-of-a-kind in the Rocky Mountain Region.

In 2017, the RMBS will be featuring two national bass performers in the Legendary Chuck Rainey and SuperFunk Powerhouse Doug Johns. Chuck Rainey is one of the most recorded bassists in music history having recorded on hundreds of chart-topping records ranging from the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Steely Dan.

Doug Johns is known for his raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess. Doug has had the privilege of working with such icons as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, The LA Mass Choir, Aaron Lindsey, and many others. Bass Player Magazine writes on Johns: "One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America... it's his inventiveness that's consistently compelling." The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam also features homegrown talent with Colorado's own local bass performers.

The event is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. All details can be found online at our website: