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AUDITIONS for 2000-2001

Auditions will be held on the 2nd 3rd 4th day of school from 2:30 - 6:00pm
in the Rock Ensemble room.


Keyboard Audition:
A. A prepared solo with or without rhythm in any medium, classical rock or jazz.
B. Easy sight-reading. Use any popular sheet music.
C. Chords
Major: 7th's, 9th's 11th's, and 13th's
Dominant: 7th's, 9th's 11th's, and 13th's
Minor: 7th's, 9th's
Diminished: 7th's
Augmented: 7th's, 9th's
Suspensions: 2nd's, 4th's
D. Simple Improvisation over the I-IV-V chords in the keys of C, G, D, E, F, Bb, Eb, and Ab.

Vocal Audition:
A. A prepared song with accompaniment by piano, guitar, small rhythm section or pre- recorded back-up tape that are available at good record stores everywhere. Vocalists will be evaluated in each of the following areas: tone, diction, relative pitch, time, and stage presence.

B. Easy sight-reading to show basic understanding of note reading and rhythms.
A suggested book would be Let's Read Music
(Book 2, Volume by Rufus A. Wheeler, Published by Dickson-Wheeler, Inc., 208 First Street, Scotia, New York 12303).

C. Harmonizing the major scale in 3rds with another vocalists, up and down five steps.

Bass Audition:
A. A prepared bass solo that has been transcribed from a recording of a popular song.
B. Over I-IV-V chord progression, use the following accompaniment:
1. Root, 5th
2. Root, 3rd, 5th.
3. Root, 5th, octave
4. Root, 5th, octave, 12th
5. A basic walking-bass pattern
C. Knowledge of root, 3rd, 5th, in major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords.
D. Easy sight-reading from Complete Guide for the Guitar: Advancing Jazz-Pop-Rock Edition (EFM 50001S, Coffman/Webb; Ellis Family Music, 1-800-573-5547, 30 Samana Drive, Miami, FL, 33133)

Guitar Audition:
A. A prepared solo with rhythm section accompaniment in the jazz/rock style. The solo should be copied exactly and have the same sounds (distortion, flange, or digital delay)
B. Easy sight-reading from the Complete Guide for the Guitar: Advancing Jazz-Pop-Rock Edition (EFM 50001S, Coffman/Webb; Ellis Family Music, 1-800-573-5547)
C. Chords
Major: 7th's. 9th's
Dominant: 7th's, 9th's
Minor: 7th's, 9th's
Diminished: 7th's
Augmented: 7th's
Suspensions: 2nd's, 4th's
D. Easy Blues improvisation over I-IV-V progressions in any key.
E. Major Scales: 2 octaves starting on the fifth or sixth string.
F. It is suggested that the guitarist have his/her own equipment and be encouraged to develop his/her own concept of sound if not already in place.

Wind Auditions:
A. Any prepared solo with accompaniment either jazz or classical.
B. Major scale played one octave through 4 sharps and 4 flats with arpeggios.
C. Sight-read in any intermediate level, band instrument book.

Drum Audition:
A. A prepared piece with rhythm section accompaniment (bass, piano, and/or guitar) demonstrating idiomatic rock drum pattern using good time and dynamic playing.
B. Demonstrate proficiency in 5/4 meter
(listen to Dave Brubeck's Take Five)

C. Demonstrate proficiency in 6/4 meter
(listen to any jazz/waltz).

D. Demonstrate proficiency in 5/4 and 6/4 alternating meters (listen to Greg Allman's Queen of Hearts from the solo album Laid Back)
E. Sight read from Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice, Carmine Appice Enterprises, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 436, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

Technician Auditions:
A. Be able to wrap cables properly.
B. Set up and be able to break down sound system.

C. Maintain all equipment by regularly checking chords, plugs, mike stands, and speakers
D. Mix sounds with teacher supervision, correct placement of mikes and speakers so as to avoid audio feedback.
E. Pack-up and prepare all equipment for trips.
F. Understand digital synthesizers, digital delay, and equalizer manipulation.
G. Keep cables neatly placed and studio wrapped.

Sign up sheet will be posted in the Rock Ensemble room all summer