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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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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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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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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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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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