Mistakes Audition Tapes

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Passion, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    So I made an audition tape for Honor Band. My trumpet teacher said that no one makes a perfect tape, and I made a minor mistakes but kept playing for technical tape. It was recorded and he sent it in. I only recorded a few times for this Honor Band.

    Is it true other people send in tapes with minor mistakes in few notes. You can tell it sounds wrong at one part.

    I didnt have enough time to record myself more because stupid marching band, and I had to go.

    I only recorded maybe five times, and took the best one of it. All had mistakes, but the technical tape sent in had the least.

    And I think I only played it 104 bpm. That's not too slow for technical audition tape, right?
     
  2. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    I'm concerned I might not make he group because of my mistake in audition tape.
     
  3. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Everyone makes mistakes. If I were reviewing the tapes, I would be more impressed with someone who made a mistake and was able to recover from it than someone who had a flawless tape. The chances of a player being nervous and messing up in concert, especially among younger players is high, so someone who can recover is someone with a very valuable performance skill.
     
  4. RB-R37297

    RB-R37297 Pianissimo User

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    Don't worry about it. Almost nobody plays the audition material completely flawlessly. I was just in the Manitoba Senior Honor Band. I made a couple of mistakes in my audition tape on my best takes and I still made third chair. Don't sweat it. Whatever happens happens.
     
  5. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    How fast did you play your technical audition? Is 104 bpm with all 16th notes too slow for technical audition?
     
  6. RB-R37297

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    There wasn't really a "technical" audition if I recall correctly; they gave us some scales to be played in eighths at 120 bpm (2 octave Bb, A, and C chromatic) and then two excerpts, one slow, lyrical one at 60 bpm and then an excerpt from this concerto (forget which one) at about 96. Sorry I can't be of more help.
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Passion,
    beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. How your recording is judged depends on the person listening.

    My list of virtues in order of importance:
    #1) Solid rhythm - there is no excuse for rhythmic problems period. They just show bad preparation. Even a bad day will not mess rhythm up!
    #2) Tone - a nice tone is important for a good sounding ensemble
    #3) Adequate technique - the judge knows how hard the music will be and needs players that have enough skills.
    #4) evidence that the player cares. This is a BIG DEAL. A well prepared recording with good dynamics and decent preparation shows how badly you want this! How bad a mistake is depends on the mistake. If it is evidence that the preparation was sloppy, then that is instant K.O. If it is a cracked note, no sweat-it happens to the best of us!
     

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