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Why do conductors use a baton?

By Gianmaria Griglio

The baton is an extension of the conductor’s arm: when properly used, it helps a conductor gain clarity in showing the music and leading the players

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How do you hold a baton as a conductor?

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Does the grip make a difference?

Yes! Holding the baton in an uncomfortable way can lead to tension, and tension leads to injury.

Furthermore, the baton should never be held in a way that will lock the wrist.

The baton grip influences the sound of the orchestra, and should be adjusted to fit the hand in a natural way.

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Do I really need to use one?

Plenty of great conductors did not. In the end, choose the tool that helps you better articulate your musical choices.

Music is what really matters.