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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5La_xsY-xnQ.

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!

M

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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.

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