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What to Prepare: Placement Auditions

Caleb playing trumpetGENERAL AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS
The purpose of this audition is simply to place you in the appropriate group with others who are playing at your level. If there is something you don’t know, just say so. Don’t stress out about it!

At the same time, be as prepared as you can be because you really don’t want to get placed in a group that is way below your playing level!

ONLINE OR IN PERSON
Our preference is that you audition in person, but that is up to you. If you have a conflict on the afternoon of Sunday, June 16, at 2 pm you may audition online. In your registration, you will have the opportunity to state your preference for an online or in-person audition.

If you choose to audition online, simply record your audition, upload it to YouTube and send the link to jim@milestonesjazz.org. Be sure to state your name! You may do this as a public or private video. If it is password protected, be sure to send us the password!

The deadline to submit your online audition is Saturday, June 15 at noon!

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION

ALL INSTRUMENTS (EXCEPT DRUMS)

  1. Play a chromatic scale, ascending and descending, from the lowest note to the highest note you are comfortable with on your instrument. This can be one or two octaves or full range.
  2. In person, you may be asked to play major scales, so prepare as many as you can. Online, please demonstrate whatever major scales you are comfortable playing.
  3. Improvise over a chorus of F Blues (the track is suppled). If you have not improvised before, simply state that you have not learned to do that yet.
  4. Pick one of the following tunes and play the head (the melody). Pick a tune that challenges you but not one that is way too hard. Be sure to listen to the reference track! It will be VERY helpful.

F-Blues Track



Level 1
Blues By Five
blues by five – C Instruments
blues by five – Bb instruments
blues-by-five-Eb instruments
Blues-by-Five-bass-clef instruments
Reference track

Level 2
Doxy
doxy – C instruments
doxy -Bb instruments
doxy-Eb instruments
doxy-bass-clef instruments
Reference track

Level 3
No Moe
no moe-C instruments
no moe-Bb instruments
no moe-Eb instruments
no moe-bass clef instruments
Reference track

Level 4
Confirmation
confirmation-C instruments
confirmation-Bb instruments
confirmation-bass clef instruments
Reference track

DRUMMERS
Demonstrate a swing feel, rock feel, funk feel, ¾ swing feel, and mambo. In addition, demonstrate a swing feel with brushes. If there is anything you don’t know, that is O.K. Just state that you don’t know it!

BASS PLAYERS
In addition to playing the melody to one of the above tunes, demonstrate a walking bass line over the same tune (if you know how to do that)

KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS and GUITAR
In addition to playing the melody from one of the above tunes, demonstrate playing the chord progression that accompanies the melody.

You will also receive a link to a very short music theory questionnaire that will tell us the best music theory class to place you in. Be sure to complete that online before Sunday, June 16. (It should take less than one minute).