Conductors have one of the most creative jobs in the world. Indeed, conducting music does not only involve the movements of the hands but it also involves the inspiration of beautiful sounds and melodies as you craft a set pattern of gestures that your choir will then sing to.
Conducting music is no walk in the park and as it requires heightened concentration as well as focus to enable the choir to seamlessly respond to your hand movements. Let’s discuss some great conducting tips and see how best to make the most of this art. Here is a lesson on conducting.
Focus ON The Music As Opposed To The Musicians
One of the first tips is to focus solely on the music you are conducting and not be distracted by the movements of the musicians.
As a conductor, your main job is to initiate and define the time for a particular set to be sung, as well as defining the cue entrances and releases. But when it comes to assuming the responsibility for such entrances and releases, leave that to the musicians.
Begin With Your Button Parallel To The Floor
There is a common mistake made by conductors; that of allowing the ictus to drift too high; at times chest and above. Experts advise that the baton should always be parallel with the floor.
It is important to remember to keep the triangular cues high above the trombone cues. The elbows should not only be kept away from the torso but also forward of the ribs.
Release With The Left Hand
When you make an elliptical motion with your left hand, the choir or singers should know that you intend to release. On the other hand, motions made by the right hand are often an indication to play the next tone.
However, there are situations when right-hand releases are acceptable. A case in point is when you make releases at the end of the sections, compositions or movements but with no other note left to sing.
Begin With The End In Mind
Last but not least, you should always begin with the end in mind. There are many ways to achieve this and one of the major ones is to show your musicians where the ictus is located by ensuring you begin at that position. In lay terms, each beat should be begun where that beat will actually conclude.
This way, your musicians will be psychologically prepared when you approach the ictus as they will know the music session is nearing the end. It is a great way to ensure the music ends in a seamless pitch and doesn’t appear rushed or disjointed.