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My new highschool has a Jazz/Blues band that I'm going to try out. I wanna do it with two other friends a drummer and another guitarist. I was wondering what are some good songs to play that are somewhat catchy and have some good licks involved. Thank you.
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the blues bosa? Mystery train or something forgoto what it was called
#3
Actually, I'm trying out for jazz band sometime next year....and I have no clue what you do there and what do you do to get it.
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#4
you play jazz music.....i dont know what you're talking about with another guitarist and drummer for tryouts, usually you try out by yourself, showing that you know your chords and whatnot. also, many guitarists cant read music....this is prty much necessary for jazz band
anyhoo good luck on getting in
#5
improvise, jazz/blues bands arent about memorizing licks, its about feeling the music and imporvising effectivly. get some backing tracts and practice
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able to sight read chords and melodies...and not just puny minor and major chords add 9's and sus 4 and add 13ths and such

know you music theory mainly based around harmony
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You're going to need to be pretty good at standard notation. I'm starting to get "okay" with it right now, but boy is it a pain in the ass.

If you know standard notation well, then just practice some skills out, some good licks and you should be fine
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Do you really even learn anything in that class? I mean, theory or skill wise.

In my school, it's apparently a breeze chilled out class....easy A.

And the jazz band teacher seems to like me and my playing anyway...so I guess it's an okay thing for me to get in. *shrugs*
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well i in an ib program so it might be different but were taught small bits of useful theory so we can improvise in different scales... and he almost always makes us look away from the sheet music if we have a solo
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How sad...playing guitar blues in high school. This is the time when you're supposed to kick ass on guitar and go heavy metal.

Nobody played blues when I was in high school.

If you have to ask which songs to play you haven't heard enough jazz/blues music to make up your own mind.
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How sad...playing guitar blues in high school. This is the time when you're supposed to kick ass on guitar and go heavy metal.

Nobody played blues when I was in high school.

If you have to ask which songs to play you haven't heard enough jazz/blues music to make up your own mind.
Good Luck!

he's kinda right, if you don't know what to try out on, you don't listen to enough jazz.

and most high schools require reading chord changes, so get good at that. barre chords galore. and know lots of chords- major, minor, 7th, #9, #13, etc. lots of stuff.
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well the stuff we do in our jazz band isnt as easy as i thought it would have been when i started, but with a little practice, it comes to you. One thing that helps is to be able to sight read standard notation a small bit. If you can read it fluently, even better. Knowing what my guitar teacher calls "vanilla" chords helps a lot. (aka for a 7th chord, you only play the 1, 3, and b7, and for minor 7 you only play 1, b3, and b7, etc.). That way, if you get a little behind you will be able to catch yourself fairly easily.
Another thing to know is when you can simplify chords. If a chord jumps up on you that you dont know, such as a 9 or a 13 chord, you can simply just play the dominant chord. This helps a lot if you dont have much time to look at the music.
Also, know what everybody else says, with knowing your chords and your way around the fretboard.

EDIT: to actually ANSWER your question (got sidetracked), you might lay Take Five or Road Song.
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#22
In the Musician Talk forum there is Blue Bossa. Go check that out.

But make sure you can read standard notation because you need that for jazz band. Also you should have most jazz chords down.

Now for the person who brought up vanilla chords. Ive never heard that name before, however that isnt exactly true. If you are playing with a bass player and piano player in jazz, you can often just play the 3rd and 7th. The bass player will obviously have the root, and the pianist will have the whole chord. Thats why you can just play the 3rd and 7th. However, I would play the full chords if I were you.
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#23
Thanks guys, I definatley will learn blue bossa and boss the others around. Also metal is my genre of choice, the jazz band is just my love for music and I'd rather be playing in it then not playing in it.
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I seriously thought it was really pink floyd playing for a bit...


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