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Jazz Audition.

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by pinkflamingo199, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. So, I have my first major audition for an youth ensemble at the University of Michigan. I imagine ill be asked to play a blues, some scales, and a standard or two..
    Any idea what judges look for in a bassist?
  2. Pat Harris

    Pat Harris Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Solid sense of time/groove/feel. Solid intonation (even if you're playing electric bass). If you have a nice walking line that leads from chord to chord, great.

    Anything after these is icing on the cake. If asked to play a solo, play something that you're comfortable playing. Don't worry about trying to impress anybody.
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Don't know the parameters of the audition, but might they ask you to do a bit of reading? That's always been part of any audition that I've been involved in.

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