Audition Preparation

During the guitar auditions:
1.  Students will perform one piece of music in the style of their choice
2. Students will play a variety of jazz chords and related scales of their choice
3. Students will sight read one piece of music
4.  Students will complete a brief music reading test that will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads
5. Students should submit at least one letter of recommendation
Students must be able to read music in order to be considered for the guitar major program at Denver School of the Arts.
Guitar Majors at DSA will study classical guitar during first semester and jazz guitar during second semester

HS guitar majors are available to help students prepare for guitar auditions. For more information contact me at

Classical Guitar Preparation
Carcassi Opus 60
Classical Guitar Daily Exercises
Guitar Daily Exercises Classical 2015 page 1 and 2
The following websites have free Classical Guitar music written by many composers.
Simply look through the collections or type the name of a guitar composer (more free music reading material).
Music Theory Preparation
The Music Theory Test will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads. Here is a good website for lessons and practice.
Jazz Guitar Preparation
The following pages have a variety of Jazz chord voicings, scales, and chord progressions.
Daily Exercises Jazz 2016
Scales with left hand finger numbers and more
Shell Chords
Bossa and Blues
Try to read a few songs each day. Here is a link to the “Real Book” (jazz standards).
The following links have great information about improvising (free). Jamey Aebersold identifies scales that will work with every chord you might find. Learn the scales in one octave from each string, in every key. Find a pattern you like and then move it around for different keys.
Jamey Aebersold scale syllabus
Every chord has a corresponding scale
Detailed explanation on how to use the scale syllabus and Aebersold’s advice about improvising