What will I do at my audition?
You will be asked to play a rehearsal piece of your own choosing. Please ensure that your rehearsal piece is at least 1.5 minutes long, and no more than 3 minutes long.
You must either play to a backing track, or with an accompanist, or unaccompanied. It is not permitted to play along with a full recording of the song which includes your own part. You can choose to bring your own accompanist, or if you wish to send notation and a recording in advance then the tutor will be happy to accompany you.
You should practice your piece with a metronome at home before the audition, to make sure your timing is solid. You can use a metronome in the audition as well if you want to, but you don’t have to.
When you are playing your rehearsal piece:
- If you make any mistakes, play on! Try not to stop and repeat phrases.
- Focus on the clarity of your notes and the tone production, not on being ‘flash’.
You will also be given some audition exercises as follows:
- Play a major scale over two octaves.
- Play a major scale with a metronome between 80bpm – 110bpm in quarter and eighth notes.
- Improvise using the blues scale.
- Play a II V I chord sequence (notation to be sent in advance).
- Take turns with your tutor to improvise over the backing track at this link: Click here for backing track using as your starting point the main A Section licks from the notation attached. You can find a complete version of the tune here: Full version of track (click image to enlarge)
- 2 x “fill in the missing bars” exercises
- Who is your favourite guitarist and why?
- Musical recall exercise as directed by your assessor
- Name notes on the fretboard as directed by your assessor
- Play the assessor a rehearsal piece of your choice. Your piece should be between 1.5 – 3 minutes in length.