Question about audition experiences

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  1. Bwanabass

    Bwanabass Mezzo Piano User

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    Hi all,

    I have a somewhat last minute audition with a local recording studio to do some session work on a pop rock album they are producing. The gig could lead to more work down the road as their projects allow.

    Having never been on an audition for this type of gig, I wondered what to expect. They left it pretty wide open for me to choose a couple pieces, one rock/jazz, and the other classical. I will prepare the best I can in the time I have. I was wondering if any of you players could share some insight. Have you ever auditioned for this type of work? What was involved in the audition beyond just playing your selection(s)?
     
  2. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    Hawaian homey
    My auditions on this kind of work have been sitting in with the band. They pick the tunes, keep their ears open and listen to how well I fit. And, frankly, personality can also be a factor.

    Good luck, by the way.
     
  3. Ed Kennedy

    Ed Kennedy Forte User

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    Those things are usually by referral from someone they know and trust. Play what you know well.
     
  4. BernArt

    BernArt Pianissimo User

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    Hi! I would add play what you love and enjoy... Give your own ears the gift of the beauty of the trumpet sound, enjoy it and be happy .... So your audience will notice it. Let them know the sound that comes out from your trumpet bell was born deep inside your soul... That ALWAYS makes a difference! Best regards
    BernArt
     
  5. Bwanabass

    Bwanabass Mezzo Piano User

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    Well, I got the gig! Played a tiny bit of what I had prepped, and then sight read some rhythmic bits, ascending into the upper register with each repeat. I had to play with a click track, which is no problem. Positive attitude was a big factor as well, as Kehaulani pointed out above. Thanks!
     
  6. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    Hawaian homey
    Congratulations, man!
     

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