Auditioning members...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Andrew_S., Oct 12, 2001.

  1. Andrew_S.


    Jul 24, 2001
    Flagstaff, AZ
    How do you all try out potential musicians when trying to get a badn together?

    I've been auditioning lead guitarists now and I have the hardest time saying:

    "Um, yeah, I don't think you're going to work"

    is there a gentle approach to this? Have any of had to go through this enduring process? HELP!
  2. 1. You tell the cat you have a couple of other players you want to check out and that you'll call him. Then, of course, you don't call him.


    2. You tell the cat you really dug his playing, but that musically, you're really in two different places and teaming up wouldn't help either of you.
  3. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    And hope you won't bump into him later. Which you of course will.
  4. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    1) I love what you are trying to play!
    2) Nice playing against you.
    3) You sightread as if you've never seen this before.
    4) I'm sorry, but your brand of free jazz is unacceptable on "String of Pearls".
    5) Your guitar simply isn't pretty enough.
    6) We're going for a different image. We're trying to project an aura of competence.
    7) The jerk store called and they're running out of you! (apologies to George Castanza)
    8) Cool! Izzat an Ibanez or a BC Rich?
    9) Eddie Van Halen sucks! (That will run them off)
    10) Your guitar playing is fine, but we need someone who doubles on accordion.

  5. Andrew_S.


    Jul 24, 2001
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Oh man,
    these are great! So far I've auditioned two guys and they were mediocre at best. Seriously, I think I could play guitar better than them.

    The problem is that they think they're awsome and end up asking when we're going to play again. Ugh, I feel that I'm leading the tunes on bass and I'm really used to be in the backround with walking lines and such. I think some guitarists are seriously intimidated by walking bass lines. They're like: "whoah, what key is that?". minor annoyances though I guess...
  6. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    I wish I could take credit for all of them, but I borrowed 1-3 from various sources.

  7. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    The phrase that I've found works well is:

    "You're not quite the style we're looking for musically."

    I picked this up from an audition I went on, but in my case that's what they really meant, wasn't it? ;-)