Beginner/Advancing Beginner Level Audition Information

Beginner/Advancing Beginner Directions

Horn Players
  1. Required–play the melody for Getting Started
  2. Optional–improvise (solo) at least once through the Bb blues form
Comping Instruments–Piano, Guitar, Vibes
  1. Required–play the melody for Getting Started
  2. Required–play chords as if you’re accompanying a horn player over the tune
  3. Optional–improvise (solo) at least once through the Bb blues form
Bass Players
  1. Required–play the bass line for Getting Started
  2. Optional–improvise (solo) at least once through the Bb blues form
Drummers
  1. Required–play a swing beat that would work behind the tune Getting Started
Vocalists
  1. Required–Sing the melody for Getting Started 
  2. Optional–Improvise (scat) one chorus through the tune
  3. Note: vocalists are invited to schedule an in-person audition with Mr. Chapin–who can transpose the tune to your key

Beginner/Advancing Beginner Lead Sheets

To print your audition music, click on the button below for your instrument. The beginning level audition piece is titled Getting Started.

Backing Tracks for Getting Started

Use the tracks below to practice the audition piece. You may also play a backing track during your audition.

You will hear 4 beats of drums, and then you are at the top of the tune.

Use this set of tracks (pbd) if you are a horn player or vocalist

Drummers and bassists may use either set of tracks.

Use this set of tracks (bd) if you play piano, guitar or vibes