Thinking of auditioning for a band? Everyday, lost souls drift into audition rooms with little to no idea of what’s going on. Don’t think about skipping this article just because you feel well prepared. The following tips can make the difference between being the new backup, to being the lead.
Do Your Research: If you know exactly what the band is looking for (music style, fashion, group dynamic, etc.) then your audition piece should directly reflect that. Make it easy for the band to see that you are the right fit!
Practice Improvising: A true test of musicality is the ability to adapt. The band may ask you to switch the tone midway through a song – or they may ask you to “get funky” with the piece. If you can’t be spontaneous with what you’re playing, your time as a band member may be cut short. Prove you’re not a one-trick pony by mastering your craft!
Treat Your Audition Like an Interview: Whether you’re auditioning for something classical or something indie, it pays to stand out as a professional. Dress appropriately, show up early, and remember to thank everyone for the audition opportunity. These simple gestures go a long way in making a good first impression.
Give yourself some confidence at the next audition by prepping with these three simple tips.
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Kathy Nguyen is a digital artist, aspiring entertainment professional, and lover of live music. You can find her tweeting her playlists, youtube-ing documentaries, and getting lost in your neighborhood.