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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Audition woes: accused of rushing

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May 7th, 2016 02:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Last week I failed an audition for a high-end GB/wedding band - the bandleader said I had issues with time-feel. During the audition I felt like the drummer was dragging on a couple tunes—the way I see it there's a genuine difference between interpreting tempos differently and playing behind/on top of the beat. When playing with a new drummer and the tune starts, I've always felt the first couple bars are a bit of a tempo negotiation between the rhythm players before it truly settles in, and I suppose I felt these tunes not on top of the beat - just faster.

I've always been proud of what I've felt is a strong internal clock. I spent years working with a metronome and focused on rhythm playing more than anything else. Nonetheless, the bandleader has a great track record. I'm going to revisit my time in earnest over the next month, work on different tempos, particularly slow ones so I can really nail the subdivisions, record myself and listen back with a critical ear. I'd love to hear any feedback/diagnoses/takeaways of this situation. Thanks!

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May 7th, 2016 02:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Suggestion for future stuff: record your audition(s).

It won't help you on "appeal" but more so you can subjectively analyze after the fact how to improve.

It's also a case of if you just didn't gel with the drummer/rhythm section in a way the bandleader wanted, he may be hanging all sorts of words on it.

You've got to fit into the existing organization in such an environment, not the other way around.

Keep at it, listen to recordings of yourself, play with as many people as possible.



Say what one more time!
May 7th, 2016 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

He probably has someone else in mind and was looking for an excuse to not bring you in. Even the best players in the world have minor differences in tempo. Or maybe he didn't get the feel he was looking for


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May 7th, 2016 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is it possible that you could have set the tempo by a verbal count down. Let the drummer and rhythm guitar follow your lead. Playing along to originals at home at one tempo then shifting to faster/shower beats at rehearsal can be an adventure.

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Subtropical Florida

May 7th, 2016 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

What instrument do you play?

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