#1
I'm considering audition for my schools jazz band next year as a guitar player. Unfortunately, I havelittle experience with the genre, so I'm going to be spending the entire summer studying and playing jazz. What should I be focusing on? What should I be studying? I'm considering audition for my schools jazz band next year as a guitar player. I'm flunent with the modes of the major scale, the pentatonic scale, the harmonic minor scale and Major/Minor/Dom7/Maj7/Min7/Min7b5/Dom9 chords. I'm well versed in theory, and I have no problem reading standard notation.
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#2
The only advice as a seasoned player that I can get other than usual practice is to listen to jazz. All kinds of it. Especially the standards.
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#4
I played in my schools jazz band the last two years. The chords you know are sufficient. When there was a chord I couldn't play straight away like a 13th or something I just played a 7th and nobody noticed.

I don't know what sort of jazz you'll be playing but we did things like "All of me", "the sesame street theme", "st. louis blues" and "Watermelon man". Have a listen to some of that stuff. I can't imagine a school's jazz band playing anything free form or too different from this sort of stuff.

Oh, and all the stuff we played came from this book called "the real book". It's a collection of jazz standards such as those above. You could get one and learn a few songs to audition with. I used "All of me" for my GCSE ensemble performmance
#5
You could try learning chords, understanding the songs form and learning some basice theory will help you to know where are you. I think that once that you've got that, you'll need to put in order with your scales knowledge