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Your fallacy here is in thinking that "people with much less talent than myself are considered stronger musicians just because they know the "right" fingerings?" Listen more closely to what you have actually been told: "they say that the fingerings are an absolute must." Unless you've left something out, they never actually said you are a worse musician for ...


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This is just my opinion, but I've hired and fired a number of musicians in my time. The way we have always conducted auditions is as a jam. We don't even invite people to an audition we just say, "It would be cool to jam with you." At the jam, we first start off with a couple of chestnuts, then we move on to solos, group improvisations and new material. We ...


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As a general rule, I've always found the trigger Eb to be a little easier than regular F and E. But then again, I have a relatively large bore trombone. Is it possible there's something wrong with your F attachment? Does it sound perfectly fine on higher notes? It might be helpful to play higher notes and scales using entirely (or mostly) the trigger in ...


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This is a pretty broad question, but in general I think a score is going to be preferred over a lead sheet in almost all situations. In particular, a well-arranged piano score and NOT a PC score most of the time, as many PC scores try to jam in as much information about the orchestration and are extremely difficult to sight read. The reason is that, short ...


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In general you need to figure out what you want in the musician you are hiring and a few other basics about them. I would consider asking yourself a few basic questions to figure out exactly how you should conduct the audition and what you should look for. What should they know about their instrument/music in general? If you are going to have a musician ...


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1) Find a recording of the song or have someone perform it so that you can listen to it (repeatedly if necessary) 2) listen to the song, identify the beat. 3) then identify the time signature -- rhythmically the music comes in chunks, most commonly of 4 beats, sometimes 3 or 2, and less common other counts, with an accent especially on the first beat of ...


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Do you get scared when you go to the supermarket? Do you fear going to macdonalds? What about when you go to the bathroom? Why or why not? "Fear" is usually directly caused by an unnatural fear of the unknown. If you are walking down a long stretch of road in the country side late at night your mind plays tricks on you. It's part of survival(you need to be ...


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While there is a fair amount of divergence about the approach to expanding range, most pedagogues will stress the importance of connecting ranges together and minimizing motion of embouchure. A chipped note, or a note that doesn't speak, is caused by your embouchure not being in the right place. One of the strategies I use to teach students having similar ...


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You can actually play the low Eb, D, D and Db WITHOUT the F trigger in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th positions - i.e. a full position further out than you would expect. This is a quite distinct and different technique to the "long 2nd" for trigger-E, "long 3rd" for trigger-Eb etc. The notes are stuffy, and have to be "forced", but they're definitely there! If ...


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I think the most important point when holding auditions is knowing what your own goals are for the band. It sounds as though you are looking for more than one player, which makes me think you are starting a new band from scratch, or maybe picking up the pieces from the last one. If this is the case, what is the band going to be doing? Do you have gigs ...


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It's quite a wide question. -Things to establish before even getting to an audition : -What kinds of music they play/listen to/won't play. -What gear they have/may need. -How often they are happy playing/rehearsing. -How much experience they have in similar bands, etc. -How much travelling they are happy to do getting to gigs/rehearsals. -Whether ...


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It's almost impossible to specify which song to sing. However, when you've made that decision, 1. if it's accompanied, make sure you have a specific key, or the charts to the key you'd like to perform it in. 2. if it's acapella, two options: a. you may well feel happy just starting to sing, and the key won't take you out of your range - lots of singers do ...


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We can't possible suggest specific titles. But there is something I can say to guide you. It will make more sense if I start out this way: I went to hear a performance of The Fantasticks at my community college years ago. The young woman in the lead role had a lovely voice, but it was her first semester, and she had almost no vocal training. However, ...


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Well, without hearing you play your scales I can't really say. However, if you really play all your scales at that speed (I assume you're saying you play a quarter note per beat, and you're playing 16ths) without wrong notes and evenly, then your scale technique is up there with the professional concert pianists, and better than all but the best. Typical ...



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