Looking for a good music gig? Well, there are many musicians and vocalists out there looking for someone just like you. The only thing that stands between you and your musical match is the good, old-fashioned band audition. Now, band auditions come in all shapes and sizes. Some try-outs are for bands who are looking for a contributing member to join them in their quest for stardom. These bands are probably looking for someone who can add something new musically and who is willing to pony up for the beer on occasion for practice. Other auditions are more the can-you-learn-the-music-and-back-me-up type. In these cases, you may be auditioning to be a live player or a player on a recording - but you'd be more of a hired gun than a someone who is contributing to songwriting and such.
Knowing what kind of audition you're heading into plays a big role in your prep, but there are some good, solid rules that apply to both types. In this article, a jazz musician/college student who found himself backing up Clay Aiken on the road put together these music audition tips for following in his footsteps and getting the job.