Being able to recognize the voice type you are working with is crucial to a successful performance.
One of the things that conductors have to face all the time is accompanying a soloist. It’s still a listen and react process but the technical aspects can be different, in some ways, from conducting, let’s say, a symphony.
Things to consider are balance, rests, and, of course, the musical partnership between the conductor and the soloist.
How to conduct syncopations
It is rather normal for conductors early in their studies to find themselves tricked by the change of accents within the bar, sometimes following the syncopation instead of remaining anchored to the basic pulse. In this post, we’ll see a few examples of syncopated rhythms and some exercises you can practice at home.
How to conduct accents
Accents, just as much as cues, need to be prepared ahead of time. What if you have a fortissimo accent after a pianissimo? Or vice-versa?
How to conduct rests
From small breaths to longer fermatas, rests give a conductor the opportunity to use a variety of baton strokes.
The most important single motion for a conductor, the upbeat, holds in itself the indications of tempo, dynamics, and articulation of the first sound the orchestra is going to play
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