#1
im thinking about joining my highschools jazz band but im not sure if i have to try out...anyways if i have to try out whats a good song to play?
#3
I wouldn't recomend a solo jazz guiar peice

ask the director for some audition music thats how it's usually done
I've never seen auditions where you choose the music
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It's almost guaranteed to be notation.
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It's almost guaranteed to be notation.

It's actually lead sheet. I tried out, but didn't make it. I would've made it if it was sheet music though! I don't have chords memorized. I compose them on the spot, but I couldn't do it fast enough at auditions with all the pressure, and me not being a virtuoso. Anyways, know your chords fingerings. You don't even need to know what notes your hitting.

Man, I would've gotten in if it was sheet music. Me = uber pwn at reading treble cleft.
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that really sucks all i know is tab =/

You don't know chords?
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#10
it's not hard to read music. You could probably learn to do it well in a week if you bust your ass.
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#11
yeah, jazz band requires reading of sheet music. also, it would be great to know lots and lots of chords, as well as some theory in case asked to improv
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that really sucks all i know is tab =/


I want you to know that this isn't meant to sound mean, but dude, jazz is pretty much the most musically complex contemporary style. Tab will hardly get you anywhere in a proper jazz setting.
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#15
You guys are giving him bad info. You need no theory or any sheet music skills. Just go out and buy a fakebook, learn chords, and you're in.
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im thinking about joining my highschools jazz band but im not sure if i have to try out...anyways if i have to try out whats a good song to play?


if they don't give you a song, then look up the bass riffs to In The Mood by Glenn Miller orchestra. they're hella easy and it's such a well-known song....and swing it!

also: LEARN YOUR CHORDS....like every chord imaginable....minor ninth, minor fifth, major seventh, minor seventh, seventh, sixth, ninth, etcetera. i can give you a simple chord diagram (like root-fingering relative) if you want. it saved my life.
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You guys are giving him bad info. You need no theory or any sheet music skills. Just go out and buy a fakebook, learn chords, and you're in.

If he ends up having to take a solo, then it would help GREATLY to know your theory. Theory helps with learning chord voicings too...
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If he ends up having to take a solo, then it would help GREATLY to know your theory. Theory helps with learning chord voicings too...

Yeah, but again, it's not a necessity. I know maybe equivalent to Advanced theory (Talking about CM's here, though, hehe, advanced might be pushing it), and I didn't get it. It's all chords. Just memorize chord fingerings and work your way up.
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