Auditions

I've been going on a lot of auditions lately. I've done some for Rock acts, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz, and a Musical. What has helped me do well at auditions lately is that I've had all gear in working order and can dial the tones up that I need for the genre I'm working on right away. I just bought a new Princeton Reverb. The version I have has a 12" speaker instead of the usual 10".

Currently on my board I have a Line 6 M9 that takes care of all of my modulation, delay, reverb, and loops. I use my Mesa Boogie Flux Drive to get my dirty rhythm sound and my JHS Boost, to give me a thicker lead tone. Being able to dial in my tones very quickly saves me a lot of time and helps me be more confident in my presentation. Another thing that has helped a lot is my practice regimen. I've been practicing for the same amount of time (about two hours a day) but I break it into smaller, more practical chunks. Instead of playing songs for two hours, I practice chord fragments over different backing tracks. So I'm learning one concept and applying it to more than one genre. 

When I get to the audition, I try to get there at least thirty minutes early as to give myself time to check the place out and see what the setup is. For instance, one audition I did, I was required to perform with no track or band at all. That was a strange situation, but as a guitarist, there will be many strange situations and doing as many auditions (whether you get them or not) will have you better equipped to deal with anything that might come your way. Another instance of this was for the church gig I recently got, my audition was to go in and play with the band, even thought I'd never heard the songs nor had I met any of the other musicians prior.

My advice is to try to listen to the artist beforehand if you can and play along to some of their music. Try to get as much information as possible (I.e. Is there sheet music, a reference track, what key is it in, do you want it played exactly like the recording) All of this helps eliminate guess work and allows you to be more successful at each subsequent audition. Do as many auditions as you can. Even if you don't get the gig, you might meet someone later on down the line that refers you for another one. 

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