#1
O.k. well this summer I'm planning on attending band camp (yeah I'm a nerd), but anyway it's pretty expensive and they offer a $250 scholarship if you make bass in one of the jazz bands; so here is my dilema, you're supposed to just prepare two short peices, but I don't know a whole lot of jazz music. For one of the songs I just want a simple walking bass line, just something to show I'm good with rythyms. For the other I want something more fast and complex, I was thinking of either doing Chromatic Fantasy or Blackbird by Jaco but I am open to suggestions. Thanks in advance
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O.k. well this summer I'm planning on attending band camp (yeah I'm a nerd), but anyway it's pretty expensive and they offer a $250 scholarship if you make bass in one of the jazz bands; so here is my dilema, you're supposed to just prepare two short peices, but I don't know a whole lot of jazz music. For one of the songs I just want a simple walking bass line, just something to show I'm good with rythyms. For the other I want something more fast and complex, I was thinking of either doing Chromatic Fantasy or Blackbird by Jaco but I am open to suggestions. Thanks in advance


That sort of implies to me that they want you to write an original bassline.

Covering songs is only a measure of technical ability and not of musicianship. When you're in a band where you have to write music, musicianship is probably more important than technical ability.

Original peices let them gauge you technical ability and your musicianship a hell of a lot better than a cover song and if your original peice is good and performed to a high level, it'll probably earn you more points than the next person who just does covers to the same performance level.

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#3
Well I considered that route, but my only problem is that I am good with technical ability but I am strongly lacking in the theory department, and jazz is all about fusing theory with improvisation, which is something else I suck at. Though if you do have any pointers on writing the songs I'll gladly take them
#4
Well, good luck to you if you do make it into the band. If you can't improvise at all, how you gonna do it in Band?

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#5
Don't write your own songs. If you feel the need to do something original arrange an already known song. Jazz is a creative art, but it is also an interpretive art. Interpretation being one of the more important things in "band class" type situations. I would personally play a walking line over Autumn Leaves and then play a longer head out of the real book, my personal favourite being Anthropology.
#6
^ Yeah I agree. Just take a song and play with it a little bit so it sounds better to you. Thats what Jaco did with his solos. He would play relatively the same notes, but he would change tempo and such depending on his mood to make it sound better for the moment.
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#8
Advice: keep it articulate, don't overdo it, show your team member skills.

Titles:

walking bass style

- "Just a Gigolo",

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2MGSPNgmb8

- or "My Baby Just Cares For Me"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSbUOoq4Vg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbjM-rxhEzI

You can try both in tapping, walking with your left hand, and tapping the piano right hand at the octave like this:

ftp://edgx3.unige.ch/wonderful.mp3

Or a simple blues like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4elyOaEABwE&feature=related

... with a latin, and a waltz feel over changes

However much you like Jaco or Marcus, stay away from them when auditioning.
Standards only:

- All of me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30CAmckJya0

- All the things you are:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0VeXdEa5GI

- Anthropology
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDfdIf7Yi8M

- Billie's Bounce
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kkLGTsza30

- Take the A Train
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzqVXvwMHCU

Trust me. Unless specified differently, when looking for a jazz bassist, that's what an audition panel wants to hear.
Last edited by ColdGin at May 24, 2008,
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That sort of implies to me that they want you to write an original bassline.

Covering songs is only a measure of technical ability and not of musicianship. When you're in a band where you have to write music, musicianship is probably more important than technical ability.

Original peices let them gauge you technical ability and your musicianship a hell of a lot better than a cover song and if your original peice is good and performed to a high level, it'll probably earn you more points than the next person who just does covers to the same performance level.


Yea...no. Trust jazzy as always.

I agree with everyone on Autumn leaves, but the song just BLOWS. To bad band directors love it.
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Yea...no. Trust jazzy as always.

I agree with everyone on Autumn leaves, but the song just BLOWS. To bad band directors love it.

The least you should do, is NOT play a song that sucks so much you can't get into it.
Otherwise, it's not even worth audtioning.

And yes, Automn Leaves does suck. That's why I ommitted it from the list.
Last edited by ColdGin at May 24, 2008,
#12
Autumn leaves is about the first song you learn when getting into jazz. But it's not that bad - you can do some solid stuff with it as far as walking basslines go, esp with a good band. It's the first song my jazz band tried and I played this mofo walking bass and it was great.


so

point I was making, nothing wrong with autumn leaves because it's well known and it's easy to give your own twist to it.

On more suggestions: everyone loves Blue Bossa! ^^

edit: to TS, if you suck at improv (your words!) you should consider auditioning for a pop/rock band :<
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take five, and honey suckle rose are two awesome songs that ive had to play in jazz band before...
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