Lower The Slide
Another example of this issue is playing half positions in faster excerpts. La Gazza Ladra and Hungarian March are prime examples of places where players are often caught playing half positions. It is very important to careful about exactness of the slide in passages like these. If I had a dollar for every time I've told someone that they glossed over a C major passage in Hungarian March by playing D followed by something between Eb and E, then F instead of exactly D-E-F (4-2-1)... I could probably fund a nice trip to the Caribbean. The same thing applies in La Gazza Ladra going from A-G#-F#. People often get sloppy and play the G# somewhere between 3rd and 4th, but not solidly in 3rd. So, in reality, it's not really a G#! To people who don't know these excerpts extremely well, these details may go by unnoticed. However, if you want to be successful at an audition, it would behoove you to make sure that these things get fixed. Attention to detail is often times the difference between failure and success.