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Coolnama
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Welp I've got an audition for berklee school of music for next year, I am hoping for a scholarship for next year when I finish High school, if not I'll do it again next year.

I've got to have a prepared piece, they see how good my ear is and give me something to read , we jam out to a blues progression and that is pretty much it, they are pretty flexible, I don't look at it as " the big day " its just an audition xD.

I've got Autumn Leaves which I'm playing with a friend of mine with some kind of latin groove I have for this song. I am going to be playing the chords and doing some comping while my friend plays the melody, then I'm going to improvise for a while, then I do the melody and that's it. I feel ready, specially after seeing I'm the same level or higher than most people who are 20-21 and have a year already in guitar university which is awesome, and thats in technical skill, in knowledge I know more than most people ( who are atleast 20-24)... until they start talking about modal harmony of course, but only super advanced people do that and those guys are like 25+.

I am currently in a one week Berklee workshop in which we take different classes and have chances to audition, here I have more or less compared myself with different people who have been playing more time than me and are older There are over 200 people all with different instruments, there are about 25 or so guitarists. The thing about being younger is that I've got more chance for a scholarship, I mean I'm still 15, I've got a year ahead of me that I can get even better and the Berklee people look at that.

Well wish me luck, I'll report back 2morrow.

I wanna be that guy that you wish you were ! ( i wish I were that guy)

You gotta set your sights high to get high!

Everyone is a teacher when you are looking to learn.

( wise stuff man! )

Its Kirby....

 
Posted : 03/06/2010 8:51 pm
TwistedFingers
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Good Luck!

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Posted : 03/06/2010 10:40 pm
Blue Jay
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Good luck! Break a string! :shock: :lol:

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I have tried in my way to be free.

 
Posted : 03/06/2010 10:42 pm
Blueline
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Best of luck. You won't need it. You got this!

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Posted : 03/06/2010 11:54 pm
Vic Lewis VL
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All I can say is, all the very best of luck and hope you play to YOUR best!

Fingers crossed for you....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)

 
Posted : 04/06/2010 1:04 am
JoeHempel
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Congrats man! That's awesome! Good luck to you!

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Posted : 04/06/2010 3:51 am
Nuno
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Good luck! 8)

 
Posted : 04/06/2010 8:57 am
cnev
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So what do you say for a guitarist...Good luck break a string!

"It's all about stickin it to the man!"
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!

 
Posted : 04/06/2010 5:43 pm
Hobson
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You've probably already had your audition, so it might be too late to wish you luck. But, GOOD LUCK!

Just getting the audition is something to be proud of.

Renee

 
Posted : 04/06/2010 8:11 pm
Blueline
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Good luck! Break a string! :shock: :lol:

Hey Blue Jay...I like that! :lol:

Teamwork- A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.

 
Posted : 05/06/2010 12:17 am
Alan Green
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So, how did it go?

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I have always felt that it is better to do what is beautiful than what is 'right'" - Eliot Fisk
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Posted : 05/06/2010 6:10 am
Coolnama
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It went well actually:

My prepared piece was good. He did some ear training by playing a line and having me play it back, I got most of those even the ones that had some chromatic stuff in them and he said " very good" when I got those ones xD, but the really long ones got me towards the end.

He had me improvise over something and he said: It is in D Dorian... and I was like... uh isn't that the same as C major ? No..... D Dorian *wink*.

Then some rhythm excersises, he'd sing a rhythm and I'd sing it too, but they were complicated, very very very syncopated and long silences and short notes and stuff like that, that part was fun actually.

Then the dreadful reading... I did all right... missed a few notes here and there but kept on going, and then when he'd ask me what notes they were I knew them I just panicked xD. And he also had me reading some chords, jazz chords, I did good on that part ^^.

They also asked me if I wrote any original songs, and I showed them one I wrote for my band.

They were really nice guys, made you feel at home, and comfortable, cool cool cool.

I actually talked to the two head honchos of the international program today after class.

One of them, Greg Badolato, was like: Hey man, do you smoke? and I was like: No man, I'm 15!! * laughter*

And I showed a score today that I wrote yesterday to Jason Camelio, look him up and his big band. ( in the same interaction with Greg)

Pretty coool people at Berklee, hope I get a scholarship this year so I can go next year, or I'll just audition again next year ^^.

I wanna be that guy that you wish you were ! ( i wish I were that guy)

You gotta set your sights high to get high!

Everyone is a teacher when you are looking to learn.

( wise stuff man! )

Its Kirby....

 
Posted : 05/06/2010 10:26 pm
Nuno
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Very good! It had to be a really nice experience. The audition seems very complete, I mean, they ask about many different topics. When do you have the results?

Well done, mate! 8)

 
Posted : 06/06/2010 11:29 am
Ricochet
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That sounds great!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

 
Posted : 06/06/2010 10:32 pm
Blue Jay
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You did well, Coolnama. 8)

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.

 
Posted : 06/06/2010 10:42 pm
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