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Trying Out High School Jazz Band - Any Advice?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by 4stringthing, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. 4stringthing


    May 10, 2001
    I'm trying out for high school jazz band. This is my first time playing in any high school band at all. I have no idea what to except. Thanks.
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    well learn that except is an entirely different thing from expect ;)

    keep your cool, do what the instructor asks of you before showing him anything else you may want to show him(if he lets you) keep your cool, stay focused, don't be nervous, keep your cool.

    how's your reading? and improv?
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    If you search - there have been quite a few threads on this exact same subject - you will find lots of advice from people.
  4. Remember one rule at all auditions:


    *(Keep It Simple, Stupid)
  5. from my experiance, make sure you can read shete music as well as the trumpet players, and if you cant, learn how to make it look like your playing and can keep time and read the music really really well. hahaha, i hope you dont get screwed over like me.
  6. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    Don't slap/pop
  7. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    learn how to sight read in the first position.

    the majority of the stuff you'll play (probably) will be either in F or Bb, and very few charts will extend higher than our middle C (fifth fret on G string).

    make sure you are confident playing in the first position and can identify the notes on the staff with where the notes are located on your fretboard without looking.

    knowing this, you'll do just fine in the class.

    the rhythms will probably be all quarter notes (and if they aren't, take a minute or two to count out all the parts that aren't).

    this has been my experience (junior, 3rd year jazz band member).

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