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Mr. Phil

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I am goign to apply only to Five Towns College in Dix hills (i live 5 minutes away lol) and they require me to play two contrasting pieces of music, and I need the sheet music. Obviously im gonna do a jazz piece, specifically: Puffy Taco by Victor Lopez, unless I find something better, and I can play perfectly. But I also want to play either a rock or heavy metal piece as suggested by my private teacher who also attended 5 towns. I was thinking of playing YYZ by RUSH.

 

Has anyone ever figured that out? It seems hard, but if I could play it, im guaranteed in.

 

Anyone have any other pieces that they suggest I play?? Maybe some weather Report instead of Puffy Taco?

 

If you were in my shoes, what two pieces would you play??

 

~Phil

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yea like i'd ever be able to play teen town. :D lol
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Well you could combine the rock and classical aspects by playing 'Bouree' by Jethro Tull. I had to play it for an audition once, cool tune. If you want to impress them a littl more play it on fretless. :cool:

 

What ever you decide, Good Luck! :thu:

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I recommend playing one classical and one jazz piece.

 

You could play one movement of a cello suite, or you could find something easier in this book.

 

Then I would play a jazz tune...a Charlie Parker tune would be great....but once again it might be too hard...

 

As a teacher, I would be perfectly happy if an aspiring bass student came in with the chart for a jazz standard and improvised a walking bass line, rather than playing the head.

 

The combination of playing one classical piece and one improvised bass line would show me that a student was serious, knew how to read, and knew what being a bass player was all about.

 

Playing something that you learned off a record (and then found the sheet music for) would tell me something, but not particularly what I needed to know.

 

Good luck!

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The first cool thing I learned to play on the bass at college was in jazz improvisation class, and it would make a nice audition piece on the electric: "So What," Miles Davis. I had to learn Miles' solo as an example of soloing in Dorian mode. I loved the song so much that I learned the bass melody, with the accompaniments played as double stops, plus Miles' solo. It lends itself to the bass really well; it's a song that you can play on the bass without leaving out a note. Plus, it's just cool. It doesn't get any cooler than Kind Of Blue.

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

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Well if I can find the sheet music, I think I might play YYZ by rush, it is really cool and seems like it could "show me off" so to say...

 

I am also required to do some walking bass on a progression; hopefully the easy one that is in Bb. you know the one...

 

I'll look around for a good jazz piece and for ones u guys suggested.

 

I just wish I could look at all the stuff first...

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BTW, anyone know where I could get some sheet music online or anyone on Long Island suggest any stores??
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Originally posted by phil6006:

yea like i'd ever be able to play teen town. :D lol

You may want to adjust your attitude a little. I'd suggest approaching any piece of music as an achievable goal, some goals just take longer to realize. While you may not be able to play Teen Town right now, you could start working on that bad boy and eventually have it under your fingers. It's not impossible, lot's of people can play it. I'd guess that a lot of people on this very forum can play it. Don't assume defeat, without challenging yourself you won't get better.
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For the sheet music, it depends on what you need. Try Sam Ash and also Catalano's (on Jericho Tpke in New Hyde Park. I've also used Onondagua Music (there's an 800 number but I don't have it with me - they've got lots of stuff).

 

Good luck!!

 

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OK, after listening to Teen Town again, I've decided that I CAN PLAY IT!!!

Now I need the sheet music....

Which one of these should I get? They both have Teen Town, but in case I decide to not do Teen Town, which other has the best compilation of songs?

The Essential Jaco or JP - The Greatest Jazz-Fusion Player

 

They both have TAB (eww) So hopefully it isn't right below the Staff. Otherwise I'll be forced to block it out. I think if you wanna learn to play Jaco, learn to read music first. Its not like its taht hard anyway. theres only 7 notes...lol :freak:

 

Thanks

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