|Bass players auditioning for the Jazz Studies program need to audition on Double-Bass as this will be their main instrument of study. |
Electric Bass auditions must be approved in advance by the Texas State Jazz Coordinators Freddie Mendoza and Dr. Keith Winking.
1. Demonstrate Jazz Style by performing one of the etudes below or a solo transcription. (Transcriptions must be approved in advance.)
Etudes from 60 Melodic Etudes by John Patitucci , Carl Fischer
Major – C, F, Eb
Mixolydian – Bb, G
2. Scales and Arpeggios – 2 octave Major and Minor
Students will demonstrate improvisation skills by performing one chorus of melody and two improvised choruses from the following 2 selections.
1.) Blues in F or Bb – Abersold Volume 54, Tracks 3 or 10
2.) There Will Never Be Another You – Abersold Volume 15, Track 2
Students will also demonstrate their ability to create “walking” lines over the previous selections.
4. Sight Reading
The prospective student should be prepared to discuss previous performance experience, teachers, and method books used in study.
If available, the prospective student will have an opportunity to demonstrate the above skills in a performance situation with either a large or small jazz ensemble.
All Jazz Majors participate each semester in Texas State's extraordinary ensembles.
Ensemble auditions are separately scheduled.