#1
Not sure if this belongs here or not, but:

All right, so my first full jazz band practice is tomorrow, and I might have to audition for the part, even though there are only two of us that signed up for the guitar part. Even though I might not get the part cause the other guitarist is a bit better than me,
I could still play the trombone (there are only 2, and there's a big shortage of low brass players) but I really want to play. The whole reason I joined was to hopefully learn theory and technique, be more dedicated to playing, get some more "formal", for lack of a better word, training/practice.

So I'm practicing chord switching, standard notation, other things and looking at a bit of theory lessons on here. If I have to audition, does anyone have song or scale suggestions for me to practice?

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#2
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#3
blues scales

A LOT

i'm in my school's jazz band too, so i know the feeling, and in the jazz band here, everyone ends up having a chance to try soloing, no matter what section they're in

anyway, maybe there is a chance your jazz band leader, or whoever directs the whole thing, will allow a second guitarist into the jazz band(originally ours had two bassists, so you never know)
#4
for my jazz band, its basically if you can sight read. so work on your sight reading. and work on the really weird jazz chords and changes. even if the other guitarist is better, if he cant sight read as well, youll probably make it. at least thats what would happen at my school.
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#5
If you don't already, know all the notes on the fretboard. Really helps to know that kind of stuff for an audition.

If it's a jazz band, play a jazz song. I would transcribe a jazz song that's played on some other instrument like the sax or something onto guitar.
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blues scales

A LOT

i'm in my school's jazz band too, so i know the feeling, and in the jazz band here, everyone ends up having a chance to try soloing, no matter what section they're in

anyway, maybe there is a chance your jazz band leader, or whoever directs the whole thing, will allow a second guitarist into the jazz band(originally ours had two bassists, so you never know)


I use modes a helluva lot more than blues scales in jazz.
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#7
the pentatonic scale... just learn one pattern of that scale and you can do many many things with that.
#8
you would do well to know your modes... even if you dont know how to use them in context just yet. and learn a couple jazz chord progressions (autumn leaves or something)
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#9
Well, we both are only good at reading tab, but she is better, I'm not sure if she knows notation. I hope we both can make it in (same with the basses, my friend on electric, and the other guy on upright) since the biggest issue right now is the percussionists, cause we have 4 drummers/percussionists, although one guy wants to go to the concert band cause that's what he signed up for. Thanks for the suggestions, although it would help for some sources. Sorry I didn't mention it earlier.
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#10
i cant see a problem with having 2 guitarists, my schools jazz band did last year, and it was never really an issue, except volume because we were always louder than everything else.
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the pentatonic scale... just learn one pattern of that scale and you can do many many things with that.



Pentatonic scales are very limited. I've been getting into jazz more, and i don't use the pentatonic scale much for solos. I've been using modes more then anything else.
#13
We had two guitarists in jazz band last year and neither of us had to audition. The biggest concern in jazz band is being able to sightread and comp chords. You probably won't be reading many single line melodies at all - the majority will be reading the chords off a lead sheet.
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, get some more "rormal", for lack of a better word, training/practice.


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Oh, whoops, I meant formal My mistake, I'll fix it.
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Well, we both are only good at reading tab


Then I suggest you get very good at reading notation, before any of this other stuff people are mentioning..
#18
Okay the result is that I'm one of the guitarists, but the girl got cut. She auditioned but she said she might be switching out or something, but it sorta sucks since she's nice and sort of crazy, but not in a bad way. The other guitarist hasn't come to class yet, but from what one of the bassist said, he's good and he actually plays jazz and such.
Thanks for the help
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