Knowing how to prepare properly for an audition can make a world of difference in the final results. The following tips will help you prepare.

Click on the instrument you play (see the list below) to find the information you need to get ready for your audition. 

How to prepare...

Knowing how to prepare properly for an audition can make a world of difference in the final results. The following tips will help you prepare.

How to choose your piece of music…

This is a music camp dedicated to the blues, which means that, right from the start, your choice of music should in some way reflect the blues. You should also choose a piece that showcases your playing skills. 

It’s best to choose a short musical excerpt (approximately 3 minutes long) or to shorten the excerpt you choose to a reasonable length! Don’t be afraid to cut! Remember that the blues musicians who will be listening to you will have many other candidates to hear as well. 

And what about your interpretation?

If possible, listen to different recordings of the piece you choose. A good musician must constantly be enriching his or her musical ear and sensitivity: the more you develop your auditory skills, the more refined your interpretation will be. Understand the musical meaning of what you’re playing: work your phrasing so that it glides along and wins over the listening musicians with its harmonic and melodic accuracy. Sing while you play! Sit in a simple, comfortable position: sometimes moving around too much can interfere with your technique.

Who will be listening to you play?

At your audition, you will be greeted by professional, experienced blues musicians. If you feel a little nervous, that’s perfectly normal at an audition. You can be sure that all professional musicians have been there too! To help you overcome your stage fright, remind yourself that the bluesmen who will be there will be totally cool because they really understand what it feels like to have an audition. So just breathe deeply and relax! 

Lastly, how should you dress?

Wear comfortable clothing. Be yourself. Don’t try to change to conform to what you think the judges might expect. Remember that above all, the blues is a music of emotions and that your personality should show through your music. 

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE
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