Audition Songs

  1. Hosanna, Hillsong United:  All of the Above, Track #8, in C at 150 bpm - Chord ChartVocal TutorialGuitar Tutorial, Keys Tutorial
  2. How Great is Our God, Chris Tomlin: Arriving, Track #3, in G at 152 bpm - Chord ChartGuitar Tutorial, Keys Tutorial
  3. Jesus, Chris Tomlin:  Jesus - Single, Track #1, in C at 154 bpm - Chord ChartVocal TutorialGuitar TutorialKeys Tutorial
  4. Evermore, Geron Davis:  Song of Praise, Track #4, in F and G at 124 bpm - Chord Chart - F, Chord Chart - G, Vocal Tutorial, Guitar Tutorial, Keys Tutorial

Audition Tips

  • Please be fully prepared for your audition, knowing your parts on all four required songs (above)
  • We play from chord charts, rarely from scored music
  • We are looking to know that you can learn your part from listening to a recording
  • Don’t overplay – we don’t need you to shred, drum solo, or slap bass
  • Be able to receive direction/criticism, even if you don’t agree with the suggestion
 

ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC GUITAR

  • Pay attention to your tone and pedals – delay and overdrive – making sure that they line up appropriately with the musical style of GPC.  We don't use effects like chorus or flange
  • Stick to lead or rhythm for the entire song – don't alternate
  • Know how to use a capo
  • Pay attention to strumming/picking patterns.
 
 

BASS

  • Lock in with the drummer, paying attention to kick-snare pattern
  • We will look to see that you know your patterns/parts even though you are auditioning without a drummer
 
 

DRUMS

  • Lock in with the bassist, paying attention to kick-snare pattern
  • We will look to see that you know your patterns, even if you are auditioning without a bassist
  • You will play to a click track metronome
 
 

KEYS

  • Familiarize yourself with sounds other than piano (e.g., pad, organ, Rhodes, etc.)
  • Think simple.  Avoid overplaying, especially with the left hand
  • Some songs have specific parts – know these parts rather than just chording
 
 

ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS

  • Whereas we normally play with the above listed instrumentation, on occasion, we incorporate additional instruments, usually for special events/services
  • Play like part of the group – beware of overplaying
 
 

VOCALS

  • In your audition, you will be expected to sing the lead vocal and harmony parts, staying on your respective part.  If you are “hearing” a part that significantly varies from how we would sing it, we will demonstrate an altered part and ask you to modify.  You will see that there are vocal tutorials for the songs, but please know lead melody and harmony parts for the entirety of each song
  • Pay attention to timing and style of vocal movements on the recordings
  • Keep vibrato to a minimum
  • You will be auditioning to be a part of the ensemble