Advanced Performance Workshop Audition

To be eligible to enter this class, you must perform the following skills/fundamentals in a one-on-one audition with the director, John Mattern – 415-945-3681 or

All auditions include:

  1. Scales – always memorized
  2. Sight reading** — chosen by director
  3. Prepared piece*** — see below

Must be able to play/sing all of the following major scales by memory (mm 132 = ¼ note) played in 8ths. Straight 8th, 3rds and primary stair step pattern: SS1/1234,2345,3456,etc. from the following concert keys: 

— Major, Dorian (Acolian (Nat. Min.), Harmonic Minor, Mixolydian, Blues Scale, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic in the key of D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db. 

— Chromatic scale 2 8va all players except vocals

Vocalists – one 8va all scales
Guitar – open D, G, A, E, all others root 5 and root 6 closed position
Bass guitar – one 8va all scales
Piano – all scales two 8va
Violin, other – two 8va all scales

Guitar / Bass / Piano / Vocalists / Violin / Banjo
Articulation / guit / alt. picking / 1M = Bass
Major, Dorian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Acolian (Nat Minor), Harmonic Minor
Blues Scale, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic

Be able to play/sing the arpeggios to the following at the same tempo in previous keys.
Major, minor, augmented and diminished triads, as well as:
Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7, Min 7b5, Diminished 7

***Must have a clear understanding of diatonic chord families, key signatures, and basic I, vi,IV,V,v and ii, V, I progressions – aurally AND theoretically. 

Guitar / Piano / Banjo / Mandolin
Play any of the following chords in any of the above 8 keys: 
Major, Major 7, Minor 7, Minor 7 flat 5, Dom 7, Dom 7 b9, Dom 7#9, Dom 7 +5, Dim 7

Drum set
Be able to play in any of the following styles:
— Straight rock, 12/8 slow blues, shuffle, 4/4 swing, 5/4 swing, ¾ waltz, bossa nova, funk, rhumba, blues
— Drummers must play C, G, F, D Major, Dorian, Mixolydian Scales on piano at mm 96 = 1/4 note, played in 18ths.