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jazz band tryout???

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by basserman44, Jul 10, 2000.

  1. i joined the jazz band for my upcoming school year and they said that i would need to play infront of the instructor to get an idea of placement. my question is: what should i play? are they gonna have something there for me? or am i just gonna play what i want to play? also,i dont want to be discracefull, but who was Jaco? i've heard about him a lot on this board. are there any websites that i can learn about him on? thanx for all answers.


    Keep on thumpin
  2. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Approach the instructor and ask him/her what you are expected to play at the audition. He/she will either hand you some sheet music or tell you what to bring.

    When I was in high school I was told that I would have to play five tunes, all different styles, e.g. rock, blues, swing, latin, etc.
    Also, I had to supply the sheet music myself.
    Not all instructors work this way,though. Chances are they will provide you with music.

    Who was Jaco? The only thing that I can say is you'll have to discover that for yourself.
    Go and purchase his first solo album entitled " Jaco Pastorius ". You'll find it in the Jazz section. Give this a serious listening to and you'll have your answer my friend!!

    Anyway, good luck with the audition!! And remember the most important rule: RELAX!

    Far out,man.
  3. Monkey


    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I might humbly advise that you worry more about the basics than pyrotechnics. I remember trying out for jazz band in high school against this guy who played outrageous stuff on every tune. I wasn't nearly as flashy, and just tried to play what the instructor wanted me to, and I got the nod. The instructor said that he didn't want another soloist or he would have asked for a tenor sax player. He wanted a BASS player, who would hold down the bottom end and keep swinging.

    Best of luck!
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  5. hey, i'm trying out for it too. but i bet you a ton that mine is harder to get into. Mine's the Berkeley High Jazz band. I dont know if any of you have heard of them, but they won every single compitition they joined. and were very famous. so anyways, my guitar teacher is having me get charts from the school, and then learning them. ask the jazz instructor for some charts of what they play, so you can get an idea of what its like.
  6. Big Wheel,
    That is a cool ass site, thanks for the link. But who is the designer, there is one pic where he say "me" as the drummer. Who is this guy? I love the gear page. I wonder if anyone has recovered that ol' monster of his?
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    And after you get that Jaco album, find and play the "Donna Lee" cut. Learn it note for note, play it for your teacher and, sure enough, you will be in the Jazz Band. In fact, he'll probably let you lead the danged thing. wink.

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