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House Band Auditions

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Luke S., Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Luke S.

    Luke S.

    Jan 30, 2016
    Hey, I'm a teenager and I'm auditioning for bass for the House Band (kind of like the band that gigs all around Seattle and shows off the school), it's in about 2 weeks, and I wanted to know if I could ask somebody about what music theory question they'd ask. I know music theory decently well so I would just like to know if anybody has an idea. I was also thinking Sir Duke for the unaccompanied piece just because it's very solid but also shows movement around the fretboard. Here's the original email.

    Thank you all for signing up for House Band tryouts! I wanted to send some information along to all of you who signed up. Take a minute and read through this e-mail - there's a lot to go over...

    I'm not sure everyone grabbed one of the info sheets when they signed up for auditions, so here are some of the most important points:

    * House Band is a serious time commitment, especially in the summer!
    * House Band members are required to attend a weekly 3 hour rehearsal on Mondays 6pm - 9pm
    * Be able to learn material on a very short notice and be able to play a lot of shows (sometimes more than 1 a week)

    The assigned songs per instrument are as followed:

    Drums - "Out on the Tiles" - Led Zeppelin
    Bass - "Spirits in the Material World" - The Police
    Guitar - "Bold As Love" - Jimi Hendrix
    Keys - "Smokin'" - Boston
    Vocals - Any classic rock song that suits your range
    (please keep the song under 5 minutes or so)

    In addition to the assigned song, you must perform a one minute solo piece that showcases you best. This can be anything you choose, but it must be unaccompanied (no backing track). You may accompany yourself, however. For example, a vocalist can play keys while singing.

    You will be asked to answer a music theory question.
    You will be asked to improvise or demonstrate a specific technique.

    Zeke and I will judge auditions according to the following criteria:

    Command of your primary instrument
    Stage Presence
    Knowledge of theory

    We also take past performances, attitude, and behavior into consideration when deciding on House Band members. Reliability is crucial!

    Zeke and I aim to run the auditions very similarly to AllStar auditions. So, we are asking all of you auditioning for House Band to remain in the rehearsal room for the duration of auditions (of course, you may be excused for bathroom breaks and to get food/water in the lounge). Auditions will go until at least 9:10pm. Please plan on being in attendance between 5:30pm and 9:15pm on Monday, April 25th.

    Decisions will be announced April 29th
    Casting will be announced May 9th
    First Summer House Band rehearsal will be June 6th

    (Current House Band members attending Summerfest will continue rehearsals through June)

    Gigs are already booked throughout the summer, with the first being The Greenwood Car Show on June 25th. Summer House Band has its last gig at Zombie Prom close to Halloween.

    As I mentioned, this is a lot of info! Please refer back to it if you have any questions and feel free to contact me or Zeke if you need anything.

    Thank you!
    And Good Luck!!
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  2. SeoulFul


    Apr 1, 2012
    Los Angeles
    If you think Sir Duke is what your most comfortable with then go for it. Play something you know really well. As for theory, I would imagine they'll ask questions like naming the notes of a chord or scale.

    Also this is the wrong section to post this in.
  3. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    This isn't really the correct forum for this topic (this is the bass guitar section, the band management section would probably be more appropriate). But to answer your questions...

    I think Sir Duke is a very good choice for the unaccompanied part you need to play. If you play thru a verse, prechorus, chorus, and then that sweet post chorus lick, you'd probably be at about a minute. And that bass line shows great movement around the board, and good technique. If I was judging this audition and a teenager busted that out and nailed it, I would be impressed.

    As far as the theory question, who knows really? If I was running it, I'd probably give you some chords and ask you to name the notes... Or perhaps give you a 3 or 4 chord progression and ask you what key they are in. Good luck, let us know how it goes.
  4. Dradder


    Feb 7, 2013
    Reno, Nevada
    Use the Report button to let the moderators know. That's what I do.
  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I think Sir Duke is an excellent choice. Shows tone, taste, dexterity, and timing.
  6. Mosstone


    Jun 20, 2009
    Sir Duke is a great choice! Every time I listen to that song, I say: "I gotta learn that bass line!" but I never get around to learning it. Now I feel inspired to get cracking on it.

    As far as the theory question; my guess is as good as anyone's but if it were me, I think I would ask a bassist to demonstrate their knowledge of harmony.
  7. Luke S.

    Luke S.

    Jan 30, 2016
    Thank you everybody, and now I know that this is the wrong area haha. Do I need to delete this so people won't get mad? I'm relatively new here :D
  8. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    No worries, Luke. Once the Mods see what's-what, they'll move it to the appropriate forum.
  9. Luke S.

    Luke S.

    Jan 30, 2016
    Great, thanks for letting me know
  10. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Here ya go. Do this and ya got the gig! They won't even care if you know what notes are in the chords. And if you REALLY want to be impressive (impress yourself as well!), since you must do it unaccompanied, SING it while accompanying yourself with that bassline on the bass. :D

    But it's better to do something less impressive very well than to overreach and mess up.
    carvnbass likes this.

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