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KMEA Jazz Audition Tutorial

September 17, 2017

Hey, High School bass nerds – here’s my tutorial for winning the KMEA jazz audition this year: Click me!


KMEA Jazz Bass Audition Tutorial 2017

September 2, 2017


KMEA Jazz Bass Audition Tutorial

August 28, 2016

Hey, all,

This is for Kansas High School bass players. Just stopping by to upload a video I made. Check it out if you’re auditioning for District or State Jazz Band:


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!


More jazz inspiration

March 15, 2009

Here’s another great guy to be inspired by: Christian McBride. Full, honest tone; amazing time;, beautiful ideas. Notice there’s no “slop” in his playing – everything is executed with great care and patience.

More Inspiration

December 7, 2008


More Modeling

November 30, 2008

I’ve been a fan of Dave Holland since forever. Check out his tone and rhythmic funkiness. The guy doesn’t need a drummer!

This is Dave playing Mr. PC:


November 27, 2008

Modeling means imitating a great performance. A lot of times you can tap into your ability to mimic intuitively to learn from someone else.

Check out Franco Petracchi playing Bottesini’s Tarantella:

This guy’s playing is so relaxed and effortless and cool. He’s like the James Bond of the bass. Sei bravissimo, maestro Petracchi!