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College Auditions

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Aidan Pasquale, May 18, 2017.

  1. Aidan Pasquale

    Aidan Pasquale

    May 16, 2017
    Hi all,
    I'm a junior in high school and I study classical double bass. As someone planning on auditioning for conservatories, what advice/repertoire do you suggest for someone? For a point of reference, I auditioned to the Curtis and Tanglwood summer programs with Gliere's Intermezzo and the Gigue from Bach Suite 1. I recently played the Bottesini 2 with my orchestra for an end of the year concert. I've had a few prospective student lessons at places like Indiana, Eastman and Peabody and had good feedback from all of them. How do I know if I'm ready for auditions?
  2. tmntfan


    Oct 6, 2011
    Edmonton canada
    if your primary teachers/conductors and the "student lesson" teachers are telling you that they think you are ready that might be better then ppl on the internet.

    for advice: make sure your theory and sight singing are up to snuff as well as your bass playing.
    sight read other instrument books (trombone, piano left hand, bari sax, etc)
    there are some great exercises around talk bass for playing your scales/arpeggios form lowest note on the bass to highest.
    in thirds/forths/fithths/etc
    in diads/triads/quarts eg diad: CD DE EF... etc
    Tri: CDE DEF EFG... etc
    4: CDEF DEFG EFGA.... etc
    fun on i like is: C CD CDE CDEF CDEFG... etc.and then back down.

    then with different bowing (up up down_down (add slurred notes) (lagoto/stacato)/ note duration: all as quarter notes, eighth, triplets, etc...
    Aidan Pasquale likes this.

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