Hot Tip: Auditioning For a Band
Written by admin on May 17, 2019
It’s the dream for many aspiring musicians–Playing for a well-known band in front of sold-out venues. If you are a drummer, guitarist, bass player, or singer and want to take your musical career to the next level, the next step is to join a band.
Bands will often hold auditions to fill an open position. You need to act quickly though before the opportunity passes as these positions typically don’t stay open for very long. Auditions may only last a few minutes but preparations start long before. Follow these tips to leave a favourable impression at the audition and increase your chances of being considered to join.
Build Your Social Network
Auditions can certainly be found using sites like Facebook and Craigslist. But some of the best opportunities aren’t even advertised. These are the ones you only hear about through word of mouth. Building your music network is one of the best things you can do as an aspiring musician then.
A wider network means more auditioning opportunities that you may not otherwise have heard about. Take the time to build relationships with people in the industry and engage with other musicians on social media. No matter how small the gig, stay in contact with the organisers and always play your best as it could lead to something bigger.
Practice Makes Perfect
There’s nothing worse than showing up to an audition completely unprepared. It practically guarantees that your application will be tossed out. If you want a band to take you seriously you’ll need to practice their pieces ahead of time. Learn a few songs in advance from their sets and practice them until it becomes second nature.
You can even take this a step further by learning more about the band stylistically including their history and past influences. It’s always better to show up over prepared than underprepared.
Be Professional Throughout the Audition
Auditions are much like job interviews but in a different setting. Make a favourable impression and the “interviewers” are more likely to consider you for the opening. But show up late or with a poor attitude and you might as well not even bother.
This doesn’t mean you need to show up in a full suit with a copy of your resume. But it does mean that you should be punctual and considerate to the other band members. That alone could make all the difference when it comes to the final decision.
Test Your Gear and Dress the Part
You have a date and time for the audition and you’ve practised all the set pieces. The final step is the audition itself but there are still a few more things left.
Check that all your gear is in working order so there aren’t any unexpected surprises. Your overall appearance can also make a difference in getting the part. Consider the band you’re auditioning for and dress according to what’s expected on show nights. Remember to thank everyone in the band after wrapping up. Even if you don’t get the part, look at each audition as a valuable learning experience.
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