Orchestra Conducting Fundamentals

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Conducting a symphony requires a vast amount of musical knowledge. Learn about the essential knowledge and skills for conducting an orchestra in this free conducting lesson from an experienced conductor.

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Conducting an orchestra can be a daunting task, be it a string ensemble or an entire symphony. The job requires an extensive knowledge of music scoring as well as a natural gift to distinguish proper pitch and tone. And beyond the music basics, a conductor has to be an entertainer, involving their musicians as well as their audience in the piece they are conducting. The conductor is the focus of attention for the entire performance venue, so they must follow the proper etiquette and established rules and at the same time keep the crowd entertained and involved.

In this series of free conducting lessons, our expert conductor will give you an overview of the basic skills you need to become a conductor. Learn how to hold a conductor's baton and signal the orchestra with it. Brandon will demonstrate how to conduct several different tempos and time signatures. You will also learn several tips for interacting with the orchestra.

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