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Conducting Part 2

Downbeat The session starts, the contractor will come out and announce the project, introduce the composer, and maybe also introduce the director or anyone else important. They sometimes say a few words and then we are off. After the group tunes, I call the first cue. It is important to call out any version numbers, as sometimes we have more than one version of a cue. I will say it a bunch of times to make sure that everyone knows. The string principals now look…
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Conducting Part 1

Introduction and score preparation When I give lectures, one question I get asked a lot is "What is the difference between conducting for a concert vs conducting in the studio?" It is much easier to say what is the same. The conductor is the leader. If you think of the orchestra as a pack, the conductor is the alpha dog. The best leaders have a natural ability to fall into this position. Other people can get by in front of an ensemble, while still others…
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