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
How do you hold a baton as a conductor?
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.
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.