Posted on February 19, 2017, 12:00 am
Auditioning can sometimes be a stressful and intimidating process. You’ve put in the endless hours of work and effort into mastering your craft, and someone is about to hear a few minutes of your playing and tell you “yes” or “no”. But rest assured, there are many ways to open up during an audition to make your performance really count!
First off, be prepared. It sounds like a no-brainer, but make sure that you really have mastered the material so that you believe in your ability to execute it flawlessly. Get the songs to a point where performing them is no different then buckling up your seatbelt; completely effortless and confident with the action!Second, let your personality shine through your playing. Don’t play what you think they “want” to hear, play what YOU would play and be yourself! You have your own voice that is completely unique to you; and that difference, no matter how subtle, is whats going to set you apart! Embrace it! Believe in every note: the power of you!!!
Also keep in mind that your playing ability is only half of the pie. For touring/band gigs its very important that you jive with the rest of the musicians, team members, and artist. When you’re out on the road, these people will become your family… you’ll be eating, traveling, sleeping, and living together for months at a time. It’s important to show them who you really are and what you will bring to the group dynamic. Be open with communication and respectful of each others space. In essence, be a great hang!
Lastly, remember to have fun and enjoy the process! After all, you get to rock out on your instrument and share your gift with whoever is in the room. Believe in yourself and know what you’re looking for. Keep your head in the game and show ‘em what you got! Closing with a quote from our 16th president, Theodore Roosevelt, remember that you never stop learning and growing; and enjoy the ride... "Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
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