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post Nov 16 2008, 12:10 AM
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What song would you pick if you were being assessed? What did you guys play when you auditioned for a university? I am sure there are MANY people out there that need to do something like this and are totally clueless of what songs they could play. I am more or less one of them, though i do not have anything coming up soon. Whats a song with a great variety of skills? Please if you can list songs or licks for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, to help people get full marks in this situation.

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post Nov 16 2008, 12:17 AM
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I would have gone with a Gary Moore song. You can never go wrong with a good performance of a Moore song smile.gif


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post Nov 16 2008, 12:50 AM
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Acoustic or electric?

For acoustic I'd play "Dee" by Randy Rhoads

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post Nov 16 2008, 12:54 AM
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I really don't know I guess it depends greatly for what you are applying..I guess one instrumental song is a must (where you can show off your skills)...But be careful to choose one which you can execute perfectly ..if you can't its much better to choose an easier song than to play a "Decently" hard one.


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post Nov 16 2008, 01:01 AM
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post Nov 16 2008, 01:21 AM
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I would like to know as well, but can't make up my mind. In the end, maybe it would be some kind of a jazz/funk standard.


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post Nov 16 2008, 01:56 AM
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I agree with Trond; A Moore song never disappoints (when done right) wink.gif


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post Nov 16 2008, 02:37 AM
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something from van halen... probably the song im the one


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post Nov 16 2008, 03:09 AM
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I would play David Wallimann Soul Lesson


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post Nov 16 2008, 03:20 AM
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I played Needled 24/7 and it got me a scholarship.. So i guess that.


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post Nov 16 2008, 03:57 AM
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QUOTE (Enucleation @ Nov 15 2008, 09:20 PM) *
I played Needled 24/7 and it got me a scholarship.. So i guess that.


I just listened to that, well 20 seconds.

out of curiosity, what kind of scholarship was that?
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post Nov 16 2008, 04:01 AM
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To play in the show band at my school. It's pretty fun, the only music we play is Bon Jovi but its still kinda cool.


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post Nov 16 2008, 04:07 AM
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QUOTE (Enucleation @ Nov 15 2008, 10:01 PM) *
To play in the show band at my school. It's pretty fun, the only music we play is Bon Jovi but its still kinda cool.


Sounds good. Bon Jovi is ok, he paid his dues to get where he got.

Here is an 80's video with him backing one of my favorite 80's singers. Paul Shaffer is in this also


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3DRcHUv1_U


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post Dec 23 2008, 01:53 PM
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QUOTE (Benis @ Nov 15 2008, 03:10 PM) *
What song would you pick if you were being assessed? What did you guys play when you auditioned for a university? I am sure there are MANY people out there that need to do something like this and are totally clueless of what songs they could play. I am more or less one of them, though i do not have anything coming up soon. Whats a song with a great variety of skills? Please if you can list songs or licks for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, to help people get full marks in this situation.

Thanks! laugh.gif



A majority of colleges teach mainly jazz and classical stuff right? Id say you should pick from that genre so maybe like autumn leaves or anything like that (id say wonderful slippery thing-guthrie govan too but its near impossible)
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post Dec 23 2008, 04:30 PM
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If you are looking to get into Jazz studies I would recommend preparing Blues head (perhaps Coltrane or Parker blues), regular standard (AABA form) and then perhaps some MODAL tune (So what, Impressions etc).

Ideally if it has to come down to one song I would have tough choice deciding between John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Charlie Parker.

For Rock type studies I would definitely do some Eric Johnson. I have heard literally everybody to play Satriani , then Vai is close second , and after them you get Petruci or Vinnie Moore etc. Such a small % of students prepare Eric Johnson and he has it all in my opinion - that should be easy enter to any school (Manhattan, SRV, Cliffs of Dover etc).

Good luck , whatever you pick cool.gif


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post Dec 23 2008, 04:42 PM
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I played Surfing with the alien by Joe Satriani when I was on audition to my school smile.gif
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post Dec 23 2008, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE (ErikEklund @ Dec 23 2008, 04:42 PM) *
I played Surfing with the alien by Joe Satriani when I was on audition to my school smile.gif


Hehe yeah !
Its Surfing or Summer song or Satch boogie ... So many cool tracks to choose from smile.gif


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post Dec 23 2008, 05:29 PM
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I'm thinking of auditioning with Cause We've Ended As Lovers by Jeff Beck for a school soon. So I'd pick that one tongue.gif


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post Dec 23 2008, 06:09 PM
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neil zaza - Im alright:D

I gotto play practical music exam in 2 years;) Ill try satch boogie and like im alright, idk yet:D OR FREE BIRD:D Or just play 10 songs!


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post Dec 26 2008, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE (Benis @ Nov 16 2008, 01:10 AM) *
What song would you pick if you were being assessed? What did you guys play when you auditioned for a university? I am sure there are MANY people out there that need to do something like this and are totally clueless of what songs they could play. I am more or less one of them, though i do not have anything coming up soon. Whats a song with a great variety of skills? Please if you can list songs or licks for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, to help people get full marks in this situation.

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I would firstly pick something appropriate! haha don't go into that kind of situation shredding some cannibal corpse!
Something musical, melodic, and challenging but not out of your capability.
I'm guessing it should work well as a solo performed piece as well, as you didn't mention anything about a band.

For a slightly different flavour and not to difficult try tears in the rain by Joe Satriani.


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