a disciplined study of it. Sheets of Sound -
It takes practice to economy pick well and it
takes practice to alternate pick well. I have found
it was worth the effort to get competent at both.
Mac Daddy 355: This thread is about
honoring—praising—the Telecaster Guitar.
Don’t be threatened
by my old thing—
you got! All Teles are
Here’s Blondie in
of Dave’s 54 relics in
55 Esquire relic... 52 Namm Keef Relic!
esoteric pete: yay!
CDaughtry: Can I
sneak my 61 Esquire
into this Tele thread?
smallbutmighty: I have an audition this
Sunday. The process started w/ 24 guitarists, and
is now down to four - me and three other guys.
This band is full of some great people that have
played w/ some fairly high-profile acts in the
past. They currently play the casino scene here in
the PNW....disco, funk tunes.
We’ve all been give four songs to have ready
Heartbreaker - Pat Benetar
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
Celebration - Kool & the Gang
If I get it, this would be the biggest act I’ve
ever played with. I really want to do well, so I’m
looking for any suggestions, tips, etc anyone
might have for me.
crzyfngers: practice, practice, practice.
Phil M: I know it sounds obvious, but this.
Also, just be a good dude to be around.
Show up on time, set up quickly and be ready
to go, be friendly and engaging but not
overly Guy Smiley...
Good luck, man. I mean it!
TNJ: What he said. Plus...show up on time and
play nice with the other kids. And...above all,
DONT SUCK. Good luck.
GCDEF: Really, really know the songs well. A
lot of people come to auditions sort of knowing
songs, but the ones that impress me are the
ones that know the subtle details.
Bring good equipment in good working order.
Make sure you have an electronic tuner and
you’re in tune.
blhm84: I’ve always found that in great
cover/party bands, the number one thing that
will impress them obviously is what was stated
above: that you know all the parts backwards
and forwards, and are super prepared.
But I think there are more subtle things as well
that will impress a band such as this. Volume
control and good use of dynamics (this may be
hard to judge if you are auditioning without any
other instruments, but I don’t see why this would
be the case).
Don’t use too much gain or distortion, and don’t
stick out to much on songs where the guitar
is really a background instrument. If they give
you a solo, don’t nut all over the rehearsal area
(unless its a song where you need to, like “Billie
Jean” or something).
Just nail your parts, and really play the role that
a guitar plays in bands like this.
Harryjmic: Play the style of the music the
tune is. For example - don’t play a heavy metal
solo over a country tune, you probably already
know this but some don’t get it.
Semi-hollowbody: If its down to you and
3 others out of 24, then obviously the 4 of
you play very well and meet the bands “skill”
Now I think its the subtle things, like how well
you get along, how easy going or “team player”
esque you seem to be, how into the music you
are...not only should you play well (which you
already have if you beat out 20 others) but make
it obvious that you are enjoying yourself and
playing with the band, show NO ego...
and what others mentioned...show up on time,
if not a bit early, set up quickly and make sure
there are no gear snafus...maybe bring a backup
guitar in case you break a string...I think these
little things are whats gonna put one above the
just my $0.01
TGP’s Official Tele Love
Page Part II
How can I ace this audition?
PREMIER GUITAR NOVEMBER 2009 217 www.premierguitar.com