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Cliff Engel's Bass Courses

Cliff Engel's Bass Courses
If you are unable to attend one-on-one lessons on a regular basis due to a hectic schedule that may include work, school, or family commitments, these bass courses will take your playing to the next level. Learn at your own pace, on your own time, in the comfort of your own home, at a cost that is much cheaper than private lessons from a local instructor, and you can easily archive the lesson material for future reference.

This course listing includes instruction in several areas of traditional and contemporary bass playing such as technique, theory, sight reading, bass line construction, and soloing. These are the same courses I taught at the IIB website between 2009 and 2017.




Contemporary Techniques
The Basics And Beyond For Bass Guitar


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses - Contemporary Techniques For Bass Guitar
Contemporary Techniques 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. Featuring curriculum designed to increase your accuracy, speed, and endurance along with transcriptions of classic to modern tracks from the bass repertoire, the techniques demonstrated throughout this course can be applied to any fretted or fretless bass guitar. Following a step-by-step analysis of fundamental technique considerations, the course begins by examining the most essential principles involved in playing bass guitar including economy of motion, posture, strap length, tone production, hand position, alternating fingers, the floating thumb, one-finger-per-fret, finger placement, finger pressure, supportive fingering, string crossing, string skipping, shifting, and articulations before proceeding to more advanced concepts such as slapping, plucking, and two-handed tapping techniques. Subsequent lessons in this 12-week course introduce the practical study and application of contemporary performance techniques which go beyond the traditional role of the bass guitar by exploring new sonorities through chords, harmonics, and altered tunings. By the completion of this course, you will have developed the proper mechanics, finger independence, dexterity, and range of motion required to execute bass lines and solos in any style of music. Whether you are a beginner with no formal training, a self-taught bassist who is seeking to resolve bad habits that have inadvertently formed over the years, or a seasoned professional looking to add new vocabulary to your playing, Contemporary Techniques will equip you with all the tools you need to perform in any musical environment and provide you with an indispensable archive of techniques that you can continue to review for years to come.

Topics Discussed In Contemporary Techniques Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass
- Economy Of Motion
- Posture
- Standing Vs. Sitting
- Strap Length
- Tone Production
- The Picking/Plucking Hand
- The Fretting Hand
- 2 & 3-Finger Alternating Technique
- Playing With A Pick
- Right & Left Finger, Wrist & Forearm Angles/Positions
- Floating Thumb Vs. Anchored Thumb
- Rest Stroke
- Right & Left Hand Muting
- One-Finger-Per-Fret
- Position Playing
- Finger Placement/Spacing
- Finger Pressure
- Supportive Fingering
- Barring
- Open Strings Vs. Fretted Notes
- Warm-Up Exercises
- Permutations
- Right & Left Hand Independence
- Finger Isolation & Dexterity Exercises
- String Crossing
- String Skipping
- Shifting
- Timing
- Dynamics
- Hammer-Ons
- Pull-Offs
- Trills
- Slurs
- Vibrato
- Ghost Notes
- String Bending
- Staccato/Legato
- Raking
- Strumming
- Palm Muting
- Scales
- Arpeggios
- Rock, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk, Latin & Classical Bass Lines
- Slapping (Bouncing & Slap-Through)
- Double Slapping
- Fretting Hand Slapping
- Plucking
- Double Plucking
- Two-Handed Tapping
- Chordal Playing
- Natural & Artificial Harmonics
- Altered Tunings
- Solo Bass Guitar
- Essential Listening Discographies
- Transcriptions In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass
- Play Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales Across The Entire Range Of The Fingerboard
- Increase Your Technical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Play Your Instrument With Proper Tone, Feel & Economy Of Motion
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Execute Any Passage Presented To You Without Limitations Due To Technique
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Improvisation
- Sound More Musical While Playing Through Phrasing, Dynamics & Articulations
- Assimilate Advanced Slapping & Tapping Into Your Performances
- Employ Chords, Harmonics & Altered Tunings In Your Playing
- Understand Concepts For Unaccompanied Bass Guitar
- Perform Bass Lines & Solos In The Styles Of Michael Manring, Brian Bromberg, Marcus Miller, Stuart Hamm, Alain Caron, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Gary Willis, Jaco Pastorius & Rocco Prestia
- Transcribe Bass Lines & Solos



Music Theory For Bass
Essential Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses - Music Theory For Bass
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. As you increase your understanding of music theory, you will be able to communicate more effectively with other musicians through the language of music. You will also become more efficient and productive in your own practice sessions. Utilizing a step-by-step approach, this course starts by outlining the fundamental building blocks of music including pitch and rhythm. In subsequent weeks, you will learn how to read and write standard music notation as well as how to decipher key signatures, time signatures, chord symbols, chord progressions, and song forms. You will also learn to play intervals, triads, seventh chords, and scales in every key across the entire range of the fingerboard. Other topics we will discuss include articulations, passing notes, approach notes, neighbor notes, tensions, cells, sequences, and ear training. Accompanying each weekly lesson will be self-assessment quizzes to evaluate your progress and strengthen the principles which are required to establish a solid musical foundation. 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.

Topics Discussed In Music Theory For Bass Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass & Staff
- Pitch
- Note & Rhythmic Recognition
- Rhythm Studies
- Note & Rest Values (Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth, Eighth-Note Triplet & Sixteenth)
- Dots & Ties
- Notation Guidelines/Placement
- Beams & Stems
- Ledger Lines
- Bar Lines
- Bass Notation
- Articulation Markings
- Dynamics
- Key Signatures
- Accidentals
- Enharmonic Equivalents
- The Circle Of Fifths
- Relative & Parallel Minor Keys
- Pulse & Meter
- Simple & Compound Meters
- Time Signatures
- Whole Steps & Half Steps
- Simple & Compound Intervals
- Major, Minor, Diminished & Augmented Triads
- Seventh Chords
- Tensions/Extended Chords
- Inversions
- Scale Degrees
- The Modes Of The Major Scale
- The Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale
- The Modes Of The Harmonic Minor Scale
- Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales
- The Blues Scale
- Whole-Step/Half-Step & Half-Step/Whole-Step Diminished Scales
- The Whole Tone Scale
- The Chromatic Scale
- The Augmented Scale
- A Guide To Scales
- Scalar Exercises
- Connecting Changes With Triads, Chord Tones & Scales
- Triad, Chordal & Scale Cells
- Triad, Chordal & Scalar Sequences
- The 12-Bar Blues, 32-Bar A-A-B-A & Other Basic Song Forms
- Common Chord Progressions, Chord Substitutions & Turnarounds
- Key Centers
- Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Target Notes
- Passing Notes
- Approach Notes
- Neighbor Notes
- Voice Leading
- Transposition
- Timing
- Harmonics
- Memorizing Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- A Guide To Chord Symbols
- Transcriptions In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Essential Listening Discographies
- Over 100 Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass & The Staff
- Read & Write Standard Music Notation
- Play Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales Across The Entire Range Of The Fingerboard
- Increase Your Technical & Theoretical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Understand Basic Chord/Scale, Classical & Jazz Theory
- Identify Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales By Ear
- Construct Bass Lines Using Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Integrate Rhythmic Diversity Into Your Playing
- Improvise Bass Lines & Solos In Different Styles Of Music
- Recognize Chord Symbols & Common Chord Progressions
- Navigate Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- Transpose A 12-Bar Blues To Every Key
- Play Your Instrument With Proper Tone & Feel
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Improvisation
- Transcribe Bass Lines, Solos & Melodies



Sight Reading For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses - Sight Reading For Bass
Sight Reading For Bass is a beginner to intermediate level course that explores all aspects of reading and writing music notation for bassists. The ability to not only read but also write music notation is essential for any bass player who prepares music to be performed by other musicians. Following a clear analytical approach that begins by connecting the notes on the fingerboard to the notes on the staff, you will be presented with the standard guidelines of music notation, common note and rest values, articulation markings, intervals, triads, chords, and scales before moving onto more advanced rhythm studies. You will learn how to decipher key signatures, time signatures, and chord symbols as well as navigate lead sheets and chord charts. Utilizing a collection of complete transcriptions featuring classic and contemporary bass lines in rock, blues, jazz, motown, funk, latin, and classical styles, you will become a proficient reader of standard notation through real musical application. Alternate versions of selected exercises also include tablature to help verify your work and track your progress. From learning to recognize basic notes and elemental rhythms to understanding sophisticated signs, symbols, and terms, this course will help establish the foundation you need to more effectively communicate with other musicians in all your future musical endeavors. 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. Musicians of all playing levels who are required to read or notate music in bass clef will benefit from this comprehensive course.

Topics Discussed In Sight Reading For Bass Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass & Staff
- Bass Clef
- Treble Clef
- Pitch
- Note & Rhythmic Recognition
- Rhythm Studies
- Note & Rest Values (Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth, Eighth-Note Triplet & Sixteenth)
- Dots & Ties
- Notation Guidelines/Placement
- Beams & Stems
- Ledger Lines
- Bar Lines
- Bass Notation (Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, Ghost Notes, Slides, Grace Notes, Slap, Pop, Tap, Harmonics, Bowing)
- Articulation Markings (Vibrato, Staccato, Legato, Accent, Marcato, Tenuto, Crescendo, Decrescendo)
- Tempo Markings
- Common Signs, Symbols & Terms
- Dynamics
- Key Signatures
- Accidentals
- Enharmonic Equivalents
- The Circle Of Fifths
- Major & Minor Keys
- Relative & Parallel Minor Keys
- Pulse & Meter
- Simple & Compound Meters
- Time Signatures
- Whole Steps & Half Steps
- Intervals
- Triads
- Chords
- Scales
- Key Centers
- Shifting
- Transposition
- Lead Sheets & Chord Charts
- A Guide To Chord Symbols
- Phrasing
- Rock, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk, Latin & Classical Styles
- Transcriptions In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass & The Staff
- Read & Write Standard Music Notation In Every Key
- Increase Your Technical & Theoretical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Understand Basic Chord/Scale, Classical & Jazz Theory
- Recognize Chord Symbols & Common Chord Progressions
- Navigate & Write Lead Sheets & Chord Charts
- Play Through A Chart With Proper Tone & Feel
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Count/Subdivide & Feel Complex Rhythms
- Write Music In Accordance Of Contemporary Notation Practice
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Notation
- Sound Musical While Reading Through Phrasing, Dynamics & Articulations
- Transcribe Bass Lines, Solos & Melodies



Jazz Bass Lines
Contemporary Concepts For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses - Jazz Bass Lines
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. Following a systematic and guided approach of analysis, Jazz Bass Lines reviews the key elements of walking bass line creation. This course begins by concentrating on the basic building blocks of bass parts including intervals, triads, seventh chords, and scales. As the course progresses, you will be introduced to concepts such as walking bass line cells, rhythmic embellishments, the two feel, and the utilization of those components in practical application. With an emphasis placed on the 12-bar blues song form, students will analyze sample bass lines and transcriptions of classic walking bass lines to assist in learning the proper integration of technique, sound, and feel. By the end of this course, not only will you possess a deeper awareness of what makes a walking bass line great but you will also have expanded your fretboard familiarity, developed an incredible set of skills that will provide you with a greater understanding of how the bass functions within a band, and feel more confident in your ability to improvise effectively over jazz standards. 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. This course is a must for anyone passionate about becoming a proficient bass player and serious about furthering their knowledge of improvisation.

Topics Discussed In Jazz Bass Lines Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass
- Intervals
- Triads
- Seventh Chords
- Tensions
- The Modes Of The Major Scale
- The Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale
- Major Pentatonic & Minor Pentatonic Scales
- The Blues Scale
- Whole-Step/Half-Step & Half-Step/Whole-Step Diminished Scales
- The Whole Tone Scale
- The Chromatic Scale
- A Guide To Scales
- The 12-Bar Blues, 32-Bar A-A-B-A & Other Basic Song Forms
- Modal Tunes
- Rhythm Changes
- The Two Feel
- Common Chord Progressions, Chord Substitutions & Turnarounds
- Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Triad Cells
- Chordal Cells
- 3, 4 & 5-Note Scale Cells/Fragments
- Sequences
- Melodic Bass Lines/Phrasing
- Rhythmic Embellishments Including Eighth-Note Triplets, Skips, Ghost Skips, Syncopated Rhythms, Hammer-On Skips, Pull-Off Skips & Slurred Skips
- Target Notes
- Passing Notes
- Approach Notes
- Neighbor Notes
- Octave Displacement/Compound Intervals
- Delayed Resolution
- Ostinato Figures
- Pedal Tones
- Repetition
- Harmonics
- Connecting Changes With Roots, Fifths, Octaves, Triads, Chord Tones & Scales
- Transposition
- Voice Leading
- Strong Beat/Weak Beat
- Sound Production
- Timing
- Dynamics
- Memorizing Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- A Guide To Chord Symbols
- Ballads, Medium Tempos & Fast Tempos
- Transcriptions Featuring Bass Lines Recorded By Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers & Sam Jones In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Essential Listening Discography
- Building A Repertoire Of Jazz Standards
- Over 100 Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass
- Play Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales Across The Entire Range Of The Fingerboard
- Increase Your Technical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Understand Basic Chord/Scale & Jazz Theory
- Identify Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales By Ear
- Construct Walking Bass Lines Using Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Integrate Rhythmic Diversity Into Your Bass Lines
- Improvise Walking Bass Lines In The Styles Of Ray Brown, Ron Carter & Paul Chambers
- Recognize Chord Symbols & Common Chord Progressions
- Navigate Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- Transpose A 12-Bar Blues To Every Key
- Play Jazz Standards With Proper Tone & Feel
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Improvisation
- Transcribe Bass Lines



Soloing Techniques For Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses - Soloing Techniques
Ever since the introduction of the bass guitar and acoustic upright bass, a bassist's primary role has been to provide a supportive function as an accompanist within the setting of a rhythm section. Today, as a well-rounded bass player, you are also expected to produce lyrical solos with proficiency. Soloing Techniques 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. Following a step-by-step analysis, this course begins by examining basic theoretical principles including the construction of intervals, triads, seventh chords, tensions, and scales. Over the span of 12 weeks, you will be introduced to various techniques and concepts such as passing notes, approach notes, neighbor notes, cells, sequences, voice leading, superimposition, phrasing, melodic interpretation, thematic development, and the assimilation of those components through practical application. Soloing Techniques will expose you to a collection of proven strategies which will help you implement these techniques in a musical fashion. Utilizing a compilation of popular standards from the jazz repertoire and an archive of signature solos recorded by some of the most innovative instrumentalists in the history of jazz music, you will learn to connect your ears to the fingerboard, develop ideas, and expand the traditional role of the bassist through the vocabulary of the jazz language. Transcriptions of legendary solos and dozens of play-alongs will be employed to establish a database of documented statements and demonstrate the proper integration of phrasing considerations. 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.

Topics Discussed In Soloing Techniques Include:
- A Guide To Practicing
- Ear Training
- Notes On The Bass
- Intervals
- Triads
- Seventh Chords
- Tensions
- The Modes Of The Major Scale
- The Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale
- Major, Minor & Other Pentatonic Scales
- The Blues Scale
- Whole-Step/Half-Step & Half-Step/Whole-Step Diminished Scales
- The Whole Tone Scale
- The Chromatic Scale
- A Guide To Scales
- The 12-Bar Blues, 32-Bar A-A-B-A & Other Basic Song Forms
- Modal Tunes
- Rhythm Changes
- Common Chord Progressions, Chord Substitutions & Turnarounds
- Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Triad Cells
- Chordal Cells
- 3, 4 & 5-Note Scale Cells/Fragments
- Triad, Chordal & Scalar Sequences
- Melodic & Rhythmic Interpretation
- Phrasing & Thematic Development
- Articulations Including Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, Slurs & Grace Notes
- Target Notes
- Passing Notes
- Scalar & Chromatic Approach Notes
- Scalar & Chromatic Neighbor Notes
- Telescopes
- Deflections
- Tertial & Non-Tertial Cells
- Superimposition/Chord-On-Chord/Bitonality
- Connecting Changes With Triads, Chord Tones & Scales
- Techniques To Improve Your Improv
- Transposition
- Voice Leading
- Indirect Resolution
- Strong Beat/Weak Beat
- Rhythmic & Octave Displacement
- Sound Production
- Timing
- Dynamics & Vibrato
- Memorizing Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- A Guide To Chord Symbols
- Ballads, Medium Tempos & Fast Tempos
- Over 40 Transcribed Solos Recorded By John Patitucci, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Stitt & Wynton Marsalis In Standard Music Notation & Tablature
- Essential Listening Discography
- Building A Repertoire Of Jazz Standards
- Over 100 Play-Along Tracks

By The Conclusion Of This Course, You Will Have Been Presented With The Tools To:
- Structure Effective Practice Sessions
- Locate All Of The Notes On The Bass
- Play Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales Across The Entire Range Of The Fingerboard
- Increase Your Technical Mastery Of The Bass
- Expand Your Fretboard Familiarity
- Understand Basic Chord/Scale & Jazz Theory
- Identify Intervals, Triads, Seventh Chords, Tensions & Scales By Ear
- Construct Melodic, Horn-Like Solos Using Chord Tones, Scale Tones & Non-Diatonic Notes
- Integrate Rhythmic Diversity Into Your Solos
- Improvise Solos In The Styles Of John Patitucci, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, Michael Manring, Brian Bromberg, Alain Caron, Gary Willis, Ray Brown, Ron Carter & Paul Chambers
- Recognize Chord Symbols & Common Chord Progressions
- Navigate Lead Sheets/Chord Charts
- Transpose A 12-Bar Blues To Every Key
- Solo Over Jazz Standards With Proper Tone & Feel
- Extend Your Performance Endurance
- Interact With Other Musicians On A Deeper Level Through The Language Of Improvisation
- Transcribe Solos


Cliff Engel's Bass Courses All 5 courses will be delivered on a single Verbatim UltraLife Gold Archival Grade DVD-R disc in a jewel case.

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