Archive for September, 2013

KMEA State Orchestra Audition Stuff 2013

September 23, 2013

This is for all Kansas High School bassists auditioning for Regional/State Orchestra this year. I made a video of all the 2013 bass audition stuff. Check it out:

A fully fingered and bowed part is here: KMEA.Bass.Aud.2013.

These are professional-grade excerpts; I’ve had to prepare these for many full-time orchestra auditions. Most important, though, are the scales. Make sure to practice them a lot; the scales are the first thing the committee will hear. Keep the tempo steady and the tone beautiful. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy auditioning!



Electric Bass Two-Octave Scale and Arpeggio Workout

September 19, 2013

Electric Bass Two-Octave Scale and Arpeggio Workout

Hi, all,

I know its been a while – sorry I left this thing alone so long. I’ve been getting requests from students, though, so its time to resurrect the bass blog.

Here’s a two-octave scale and arpeggio workout. The fingerings are designed for solid positioning and minimal tension-inducing stretching – follow them exactly. Do them slowly for accuracy, then build speed.

For beast-mode practice: it ends with a key change; at this point, play the entire thing transposed to F major. Keep repeating, adding a flat to the key signature each time until you’ve played all twelve keys.