Guitar & Bass Placement

Students wishing to study guitar or bass, whether as a music major/minor or for elective credit, must audition with the guitar and bass coordinator. The audition determines whether the student will be placed in class guitar study, elective lessons for the first semester, or be placed in private study. Unless the student wishes to be considered for scholarships (See Scholarships), auditions are held on departmentally selected dates in the late spring and late summer, or by appointment. The audition requirements, which also serve as the basis for scholarship consideration, are as follows:

1. Guitar Audition
     The prospective student should prepare two of the following three choices for admission into the applied guitar program:

     A) A popular jazz standard (Jazz standards can be found in The Real Book: Sixth Edition by Hal Leonard or any popular jazz fake book; Examples of song choices: Satin Doll, How High the Moon, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, etc.)

  1. a)  Play melody of jazz standard from beginning to end
    b)  Play chords of entire song
    c)  Improvise a solo over the entire song form

     B) Perform a classical guitar piece of student’s choosing. a) Example - Etude by Carcassi, Sor, Bach, Giuliani, etc.

     C) Perform a piece of student’s choosing (rock, jazz, fusion, country, pop, etc.)

  1. a)  Please provide a play-along track unless it is an unaccompanied song
  2. b)  Performance should include melody, chords and improvised solo

     The prospective guitar student’s knowledge of chords, arpeggios and major and minor scales will be ascertained during the audition process. Sight reading skills will also be tested during this process.

2. Bass Audition
     The prospective student should prepare two of the following three choices for admission into the applied electric bass program:

     A) A popular jazz standard. (Jazz standards can be found in The Real Book: Sixth Edition by Hal Leonard or any popular jazz fake book). Examples of song choices: Satin Doll, How High the Moon, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, etc.

  1. a)  Play melody of jazz standard from beginning to end
    b)  Walk a bass line over the chords of entire song
    c)  Improvise a solo over the entire song form

     B) Perform a classical piece of student’s choosing.
           a) Student may reference J. S. Bach for Bass, by Josquin de Pres or Easy Classical

     Bass Solos by Javier Marco.
     C) Perform a piece of student’s choosing in the style of any popular bassist in commercial music (rock, funk, jazz, fusion– Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, James Jamerson, Chris Squire, Brian Bromberg, Jaco Pastorius, etc.)

  1. a)  Please provide a play-along track unless it is an unaccompanied song
    b)  Performance should include bass line and improvised solo (if applicable)

      The prospective bass student’s knowledge of chords, arpeggios and major and minor scales will be ascertained during the audition process. Sight reading skills will be tested during this process.

      Once the prospective student has auditioned, they will be informed of the decision as to their placement in a class option, elective lessons, or private lessons.