How to practice conducting at home

How to practice conducting at home

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. How do orchestra conductors practice at home? Given the fact that we cannot have our instrument – the orchestra – at hand, it can be quite challenging. With time one learns to automatically articulate...
Body and baton placement

Body and baton placement

The immediate conductor’s space is, quite obviously, the podium. The working area is determined by the structure of your own body: taller, shorter, longer arms, and so forth, and therefore slightly changes from conductor to conductor. There are 3 main key areas...
Tempo changes in conducting

Tempo changes in conducting

A tempo is a pace at which a piece is performed. It’s one of the big challenges of conducting, both from a musical and from a technical point of view.How do you choose the right tempo? And is there a “right tempo” at all? The answer to this question...
How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

When you step in front of an orchestra, especially for the first time, you have to convince a number of people of your idea. You need to keep in mind that their collective knowledge and experience is greater than yours and something that can be invaluable to you as a...
Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

With the baton being the focal point of attention, the left hand is often neglected or underused. Conducting students are often taught that while the primary and most important hand beats time, the left hand should be left for expression. That’s a very old way...

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