So here I am! I graduated from High School in 2012 with an Associates degree from a local community college the same year. I had planned to go straight to school for computers but some family stuff changed all that and I had to skip out for year. During that time I decided music is what I really love and I'm gonna go for it! Here's where the problem lies. I am applying for the Sound Recording Technology program at Texas State University San Marcos. Link for those interested.
Since the program is technically part of the school of music, an audition is required. Luckily they allow this specific major to audition on the Bass Guitar. The thing about this is I am nowhere near classically trained in that regard. Here is the link to the website with the requirements. Scroll down to Bass Guitar.
Other parts of acceptance to the program hinge on a portfolio. I'm not as worried about that as I am the audition. I've been making music for around 3 years now at a quality deemed decent, at least, by the majority of people. Here is a link to the pieces I plan to submit if anyone is interested. They are not all "heavy" like the first one and I know the levels need to be matched. All in good time!
I have also been mixing live sound for around 5 years. I have done festivals and small shows as well as "corporate" events, etc. I may be young but my mentor's last stint on the Pro Sound circuit was mixing for Aerosmith. He also filled in for Toto's drummer once but that is a different story!
Just to reiterate here is a copy/paste version of the audition requirements. Instrumental (bass guitar - SRT only) (Jazz majors see below)
Prepare two pieces of contrasting tempos from the standard repertoire. They must be solos, not bass lines. Standard repertoire can be found in Jaco Pastorius repertoire (Dotzauer Cello Etudes, Bach Cello Suites, etc.) or from other publications that are appropriate (written out jazz solos, double bass etudes, etc.). Please bring copies to the audition. Scales requirements: 2 octave scales of up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. Please be prepared to sight-read.
My only experiences playing bass have been in a "rock band" setting. I've played at churches and with bands but never more than a few licks and following root progressions. Scales I can learn. Rote memorization will see to that. The rest however is gray area to me. I was in orchestra in middle school but that was saxophone and I only played for 2 ish years. From that experience I feel picking up sight reading again will be familiar, even though I have to learn Bass Clef instead of the sax treble. Here is where I need your help! What the heck can someone with my experience reasonably learn to play in a month or so? I'd prefer something that wasn't so difficult I can actually practice for the majority of that time. If I can get comfortable with the music in a week that would be great. That would leave me plenty of time to hone in on it and polish. Even a simple piece done very well, I feel will be better than trying something too difficult and fudging it terribly.
Now some people say, "what happens if you get accepted? You really can't play. You're setting yourself up for failure." Let me direct you to my intended majors Curriculum. (Warning: PDF)
After admittance, I have private lessons for my instrument and ensemble. Private lessons will make me better and I don't have to (or really want to) participate in a high level ensemble. Most of my time will be spent in the studio.
Fellow Bassists, help me out?
EDIT: My primary instrument is guitar but I feel I would have an easier time auditioning with bass since classical guitar studies seem much more difficult.