Your audition is a way of you showing us what you can do- not us highlighting what you cannot do yet! Please prepare accordingly and try not to let nerves get in the way of your performance.
The bass tutor taking you through your audition will ask you to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the following areas:
- Scales: major and minor, major and minor pentatonic in different positions
- Techniques: finger style, slap, walking bass
- Improvisation: You may be asked to play an appropriate bass line under a 12-bar blues chord sequence
Applicant’s choice piece: Please prepare one piece to perform which showcases your musicality and technique. It is far better to play an intermediate level piece that you can perform well, rather than to choose something hard that you might struggle with.
N.B: There are pieces available for solo bass through the Rock School syllabus. Alternatively, you could play a piece that features the bass significantly
You will be expected to bring your own bass, but an amp will be provided. Please bring your own backing track with you if you need it for your own choice piece.
Good luck, and have fun preparing.