Does your conductor use his stick?!

Leggy

New Member
Our resi has never used a baton to my knowledge, and he's really easy to follow. Our professional MD does to a certain extent, but it's more in a sort of "Ready - GO!" way if you see what I mean, a lot of the time he just sort of dances about in front of us in the hope that we'll interpret what he wants!
I know of a certain conductor who used his baton to tap on the stand, then speed up throughout and tell you that you were behind the beat.... Then again this same conductor (of whom we're all very fond by the way) would demonstrate how easy any parts people were struggling with were, by picking up his pencil, "playing" the part on the pencil and saying "Well it's easy, why can't you play that??" My mother who sat next to me pointed out very loudly that anyone could play a part by pretending to play on a pencil.
Such were the highlights of 2nd section banding in the North East!
 
i tend to use the baton coz if i dont, i look like im doing martial arts chops all over the place lol

on a serious note, i'd say that a baton can make a beat clearer, but not using the baton can sometimes allow an MD to make more expression in music, especially slow tempo music.

anyone agree or disagree with these points?
 

Just Crazy

Member
Charmed said:
Yes - except when he throws it! :biggrin:

Same with ours but by accident maybe i should play a different instrument as it always lands in the horn section.

Our new conductor always does.
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
Still, there's been a couple of times when I've let our band play on without me conducting them at all only for them to play better than when I was conducting them! ;)

Gits :) :)
 

GingerMaestro

Active Member
I have played under many conductor and like most of you they use a baton for most of the time but not in slow or flowing passages of music

Although there are a few conductors who I wish now had never even picked up a baton unless to poke out thier own eyes:eek:
 

Liz Loftus

Member
Our conductor certainly uses a baton. Don't know if any of you saw a program on TV think it was last year. It showed a baton being removed from someones hand. Yes that was our conductor :oops: . Don't know how it got there and it hasn't stopped him using one.
 

GingerMaestro

Active Member
Liz Loftus said:
Our conductor certainly uses a baton. Don't know if any of you saw a program on TV think it was last year. It showed a baton being removed from someones hand. Yes that was our conductor :oops: . Don't know how it got there and it hasn't stopped him using one.

I remember that neverdid find out if the baton recovered:biggrin:
 

andywooler

Supporting Member
I do often discard the baton for the slower moments - for example, with the work we are using at the Hove contest, I am tending not to use the baton in the whole of the middle section as it enables me to drag some quality moments out of the few people who are playing at that point.
 
The other son said:
...have you ever tried playing Bb bass?

Whats wrong with playing BBb bass, we sit at the back for a reason you know:rolleyes:

Anyway back to the thread JK uses one - mind he nearly had his own eye out with it on Sunday!!!!!!!!
 
I have a conductor that uses his baton but doesn't really wave it to control the band. He sort of keeps flicking it in circles and it is so off putting when you can see one beat but hear another. You have to go along with the beat you can hear because its a youth band and some people dont waych at all!

I have another teacher that starts the rehersal with his baton but by the end its on the stand and he's using a pencil! Why?
 

Crazysop

Member
ours uses his baton mainly. I must say i dont mind either way if conductors choose to use their hands or a stick, as long as they arn't doing seamless windmills with vague beats!
 

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