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Old 06-27-2011, 03:40 PM
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Default First ever drum audition

Hey, I've been playing the drums only for a year now and have an up-coming audition of sorts for a band in a week's time. What are the best ways to prepare? I suspect we'll be trying out some new songs of theirs and I'll just supply the drums for them, although it's not totally clear. The guitarist will be calling me again in a week so I'll ask what songs they plan to jam to. I've never really played infront of anyone other than my drum teacher. I'm a tad nervous about what to expect--any tips on how to play naturally along to songs and such? Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:38 PM
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I would definitely ask for a list of the songs that you are expected to play at the audition. Download them if you need to, listen to all of them over and over again for at least a day. Try to internalize the feel and tempo of the songs while listening.

When you practice to these songs, concentrate on just copping the beat correctly and playing along while listening again carefully. Do this a few times and start making mental notes of any fills, accents, stops and breaks, etc..

If you are having a tough time keeping track of the arrangement, a simple chart can help.

i.e.

Intro (4 bars) light hats, light snare
1st Verse (8 bars) no fill to the first chorus or whatever
Chorus
Verse
Breakdown
Chorus
Chorus
Ending.

Whatever the song structure is.

These little notes will help you memorize the songs quickly in a one week period.

Most likely your audition is going to be for guitar players or singers and keyboard players, not another drummer.

They're less likely to criticize your playing for fills and drummy stuff and you should concentrate on being solid, as confident as you can, and giving a good feel to the songs.

Don't be too concerned about your gear. They probably also won't care as much about specific cymbal sounds, tuning and how "awesome" your snare might or might not sound.

When you are chatting before you play, don't put yourself down or prequalify your playing.

Be upbeat, personable and easygoing. This is a big part of auditioning.

Play your ass off and have fun.

Hope some of this helps.

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Old 06-28-2011, 05:48 AM
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Default Re: First ever drum audition

Thank-you so much, TTNW! That's great advice I'll be sure to follow. I'll let ya know how it goes. :)
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