From my last posting which was placed on Tuesday 25th November. There has been many remarks about what a conductor is and who this person should be. It's been very interesting reading the views of so many of us conductors. But it would also be good to hear from some of the players out there who have to listen to us in the middle. What do you as a player think makes a good conductor and why? That's question 1 now from all our replies to the first posting there was some main areas what came up. These were Communication Skills Yes I agree We do need good skills to get what we want out of the music. But do we sometimes forget that how we see it the players don't. For example telling a back row cornet player it's easy. When to them it's not and if we can't help them to see it's easy then are communicatiuon skills have gone. Telling them just practise. I am not saying am the greatest guy in the middle and never will be but we must remeber that in the modern world there is so much to offer us out there i.e women, pubs,clubs and sport. So when we have these players in front of us for 2 hours or 4 hours a week, we must make the most of them and have ours goals of what do we want the players to achieve from entering the bandroom to leaving the bandroom? Training. you don't need training as such you learn as you go on as long as you have a cool head and know what your talking about then your half way there. The stick waving comes through time. There's so many different ways of beating out there and none of them are wrong as long as the players can follow. Video taping Yes I have done this and it does work. Even doing it in front of the mirror helps I feel. Even if you can't video your self. recording yourself on to tape helps it's amazing what you pick up from the tone of your voice and others around you. Plus you can pick up some great gossip. If you disagree then say so if you agree then add your comments because in the long run it can only improve us.