#1
I'm trying out for my school's jazz band. It consists of about 20 or so various musicians, trombonists, saxophonists, pianists, guitarists, drummer, etc. The tryout is in a few weeks. What is an impressive, yet somewhat quick to learn and master song or bass solo I could learn quickly. I would rather it not be incredibly difficult, as I don't have that much time, and my only competition for the bass position is someone who is widely touted as bad. Any recommendations for something to learn?
#2
Anything with a walking bass line. I doubt they're going to want to hear Billy Sheehan or something. Just show you can keep the pulse and that you can read notes.
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#4
dude learn behind the sun by the red hot chili peppers!!!!!!!
the intro is awsome for bass
or any chili pepper song
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#5
happy birthday.
then slapped happy birthday
then do an octave up 'happy birthday to you'
bend it on 'to'
they'll smile, laugh, but be impressed
you'll stick out too
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#6
Super easy and fun song:
School Days - Stanley Clarke
The solo is a nice rythem show, too. uber easy. I learned it and had it down in like... and hour (just that one end part of the solo ****s me up every time)
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#7
Play some walking bass lines, that is one of the main things they'll be looking for
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#8
Yeah, walking is something they'll be looking for. If you want to play in the jazz band, it would behoove you to learn how to improvise a bassline just from looking at the chords. Don't play some pop, rock, or prog song at a jazz audition. Trust me, it's not what they're looking for.
#9
ts a bit punky, but look at maxwell murder by rancid.
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#10
donna lee by jaco, just the head
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#11
Pictures Of Home - Deep Purple

Or just find a good walking line, and play that. Jazz people are suckers for walking bass lines.
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#12
Walking lines are fairly unimpressive to be honest. A quarter note based line isn't that difficult to read or perform, so I might think different. A good idea is to play a head of a song that sounds good, remember they're not looking for amazing skillz, they're looking for someone who has good basic skills and can swing.
#13
I'd go for a pretty standard jazz line with a fill or two, and then a second piece to show off your chops, like YYZ.
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#14
just an idea, why not try and write your own bassline using the blues scale?
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#17
Perhaps some Led Zep songs, since J Paul-Jones was a big fan of the blues scale, but threw in some finger twisters along the way. A good example is The Lemon Song from II, but I dont know whether you'd want to learn all of that...
#18
Ignore Flagrare, The chances of you ever playing black sabbath or the like in a jazz band resembles a windows chances against a brick

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Walking lines are fairly unimpressive to be honest. A quarter note based line isn't that difficult to read or perform, so I might think different. A good idea is to play a head of a song that sounds good, remember they're not looking for amazing skillz, they're looking for someone who has good basic skills and can swing.

I agree with this but it is important to show you can play a walking bassline.

Also bring in some sheet music to play as well - i reckon if i was auditioning somone that's what i'd be looking for, some one who can read sheet music
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Carlo Giordano 3/4 Upright (White)
Cort Action 4 (Stereo-fied)
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Orange 1x15 Cab
Boss GT-6 Bass Multi-effects
#19
Download the second version of the song Anyway from This Website Just scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the link for downloads. Totally free and takes under a minute, it should appear in your iTunes library if you have one.

If you can play the bass solo at 6:30 you're awesome (PS: Listen to the whole solo. It's not extremely long but it gets crazy, to me anyway...)
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