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No. 1 Posted on Feb 28, 2013 5:28 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I recently saw an insanely good high school that I now want to audition for in high school. I know it'll be a long way for me to improve myself and get all the way to the top, so any specific advice? I already have boatloads of books and DVDs. Do clinics actually help? Jazz camps? I have a little over a year to prepare to audition for that high school (I'm in 7th grade).


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No. 2 Posted on Mar 1, 2013 1:50 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
technique2012 wrote:
I recently saw an insanely good high school that I now want to audition for in high school. I know it'll be a long way for me to improve myself and get all the way to the top, so any specific advice? I already have boatloads of books and DVDs. Do clinics actually help? Jazz camps? I have a little over a year to prepare to audition for that high school (I'm in 7th grade).


Most of it boils down to what works for you, specifically. It's hard to make that determination through posts on an Online Message Board. I believe real help requires closer observation. If you're not already listening to jazz, you have to listen to it, absorb it, get a feel for it. Once it's in there, it can come out through your sticks.

I'd say a private instructor with the proven ability to concentrate on specific music genre' would be what you ought to seek out. However, unless you can relate really well to the instructor/mentor it could easily be a loss. These relationships are, quite honestly, slowly developed. It's not the sort of thing where you can can acquire it 'Off the Shelf', so to speak.

Otherwise DVD-instruction, or even YouTube viewing would be acceptable.


OldFart edited on Mar 1, 2013 2:04 PM

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No. 3 Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:49 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Also, I need to build a repertoire of standards and a couple songs to showcase myself. Currently, I'm learning Got a Match?, Nutville, Time Check, Straight No Chaser, Caravan, Take Five, and Three to Get Ready. I have Nutville, Time Check, and Got a Match? as showcase songs and now I need some ballads and latin standards. Any and all names would be of help. I'm being assisted by my drum teacher in learning the harder songs, such as Got a Match? and Nutville.


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No. 4 Posted on Mar 2, 2013 6:58 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
technique2012 wrote:
Also, I need to build a repertoire of standards and a couple songs to showcase myself. Currently, I'm learning Got a Match?, Nutville, Time Check, Straight No Chaser, Caravan, Take Five, and Three to Get Ready. I have Nutville, Time Check, and Got a Match? as showcase songs and now I need some ballads and latin standards. Any and all names would be of help. I'm being assisted by my drum teacher in learning the harder songs, such as Got a Match? and Nutville.


A potential cross - Latin/Ballad - is a heavily covered song : "Girl from Ipanema" or "Desifinado" - [ Juan Carlos Jobim ]; so I'm bringing it up as a 'Two Fer' . Well, that plus the fact that I really like these songs when done well.

Another Brazilian, Sergio Mendez, has a decent catalog ... you might consider listening to some of his material (His bands have performed more material along Fusion lines (Jazz mingled with Pop, Latin, Funk) - but some stuff is compelling.

Here's one which charted in 1966 ...

Mas que nada is the first one I heard from his band. To me it's his signature song; but I digress. The drummer in this iteration of Mendes' group is subtle, yet fun to listen to - I liked watching this one again because of the guy behind the Gretsch kit Smile .



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