How to show my Director i`m serious about playing piano for his jazz band?

I’m currently a Bassoon player for the concert band and a saxophone for marching band, and I want to play piano for jazz band but he didn’t really take me serious. Should I just learn how to play the 12 major scales or something else I should include, I have the weekend and Monday until I see him again so I have time to remember something.

3 thoughts on “How to show my Director i`m serious about playing piano for his jazz band?

  1. Curious Asker

    First of all, do you have any piano history (do you already know how to play the piano)? If not, learning may take a while. Try to know as many chords and scales as possible because in Piano jazz, most of it is chords.

    Good luck.

  2. Qlee53

    I’m assuming this is high school. If you already know how to play piano and read music you’re in an OK position. Most piano music for the middle/high school jazz band is written out; at least the chord voicing’s. For the time being play what’s written.

    By chord voicing I mean the arrangement chord tones. An inversion is a way of revoicing a chord but not the only way. You can add or take away tones as well.
    I say all that because if you get in and start reading the music try assimilating the written chord with the chord symbol. Store that in your “hard drive” to be used later.

    If you do not read piano music, this is obviously why he’s not taking you seriously.
    There’s nothing you can do about that between now and Monday. But you’d be surprised at how quickly you can pick up one instrument if you are already competent on another.

  3. Soulmate

    You aren’t ready. Jazz is advanced music, and it’s based on being able to use previous knowledge to improvise and rearrange things on the fly. If you don’t even know all your scales, you aren’t ready and you won’t be by Monday. Please don’t take that harshly, just trying to help you understand where you are and where you need to be.

    Go ahead and prepare whatever you want for Monday. Even if you don’t make the band, you’ll get valuable feedback about what you need learn. Ask if you can audit the class (sit in the back and listen) even if you don’t make the band. You will still learn a lot about how jazz is played and what you’ll need to know in order to audition next year. And you’ll make friends who will also teach you and help you. When I studied jazz in college, I learned as much from the other students as from my teachers.

    Willingness to make an honest assessment of your own skill level, to accept constructive criticism, and taking action to improve your skill level is the ONLY way to make him take you seriously.


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