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Old 11-22-2012, 10:55 PM
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What do you think of my Berklee College of Music audition piece?

Forgive the terrible quality sound and picture, as I can't find the charger for the camera I usually use, so here is a tolerable quality recording from my Droid cell phone. I have my audition for Berklee College of Music in nearly a week, so needless to say I'm a little nervous! This is by no means the most difficult song out there, but it has some cool false harmonics, bends, and a solid groove. Its also by one of my favorite bassists, Tony Levin off of his album Resonator. I'm playing my Dingwall ABZ5 (an absolutely brilliant instrument) through my Phil Jones Briefcase amp, although with the audio quality of my phone I can guarantee the actual tone won't be displayed too well. Please let me know what you think!

The piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-r3JBRWtjU&feature=plcp

Any advice on the rest of the audition would also be more than appreciated. I've been working on my blues stuff, my reading/playing chord changes, and will begin refreshing my ear for the ear training part of my audition. If anyone has any advice please share! And yes I have used the search function in regards to audition advice, just wondering if any more recent bits of advice may pop out on this thread. Any wisdom is greatly appreciated!
Old 11-22-2012, 11:21 PM
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Great technique, but you're playing a little ahead of the beat. Chill out and remember to stay in the pocket.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:56 PM
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You'd be likely to get more replies - if you'd placed this thread in the correct forum. Like "General Instruction", for example...

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:03 AM
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KeithAlanK, thanks for the advice. I was always so used to a metronome I'm still getting a bit used to a 'drum machine' type track

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:09 AM
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I agree with the ahead of the beat thing, but you got some talent there! Keep it up and just relax, forget the video is on, just enjoy yourself

Good luck with the audition!
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:27 AM
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don't eat just before the audition. if hungry, have a light meal/snack. (you stomach will be in knots as it is)

please don't go in starving either, obviously.

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Old 11-23-2012, 05:11 AM
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Really good hands. You will like Berklee- just don't drink too much of the Berklee cool aide!

Berklee students and grads show up at Townie auditions for bands I am in or have been in in the past all the time claiming "if you don't have charts for these songs I can't play them".

We laugh at this. Even conservatory trained musicians I work with can learn and be prepared to play simple pop songs with no charts.

That beef aside, Berklee does graduate some talented players. Just try to remain human once you have the degree lol!
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