Jazz Double Bass admission requirements for non-degree studies

I. Classical

Presentation of scales (major, minor, harmonic and melodic minor) and triads in small and large arpeggiation.

Three etudes from Montag: Double bass works 2 or the 3rd volume of the Simandl edition. The etudes must be selected in a way that the candidate can demonstrate proficiency in the seven positions.

One piece corresponding to the difficulty level of the etudes.

The establishment of the standard left hand technique is a requirement.


II. Jazz

Three popular jazz standards of different tempo and character (ballad, latin, swing, etc.). Playing the melody of the theme according to bass accompaniment and to the original harmonisation. Soloistic improvisation. Piano accompaniment is provided by the department, but the candidate has to bring the notes –suitable for piano accompaniment.

Playing blues: in medium tempo, in relatively simple keys. Accompaniment, improvisation as for the usual blues harmonisation is not required.

Stylistic sight reading of simple classical or jazz motives.

Identification of bass notes given with piano accords and played according to functional order by ear.