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1. Rehearsal Rooms

Struggling to improve the acoustics in your band room? Check out how the Medan Band did it.

2. Concerned about playing swing music properly?

Check out my guidelines

3. Ear training exercises for bands

Unlike piano players, ear training is essential for wind band performers. But how many band directors bother to give their bands suitable exercises?

4. Intonation problems

While tuning is simple act of adjusting a length of tubing on a wind instrument (often by reference to a single note), intonation is an ongoing process in which a player strives to match the pitch of others in the ensemble during performance. 

5. “Blowing” a wind instrument

A common misconception among wind players is to believe that the air moves through the instrument in order to produce the sound. This is simply not true. 

6. Conducting – suggestions for home practice

The best way for a conductor to improve is in front of a live ensemble. The unfortunate reality, however, is that this is not always possible. Aspiring conductors therefore have little choice but to find other ways of honing their skills.

 

Skills Required Of a Conductor

 

Conductors need to develop a wide range of skills. The following is a list of the major requirements:

 

  • Be familiar with a wide range of musical styles.
  • Be aware of the problems of musical interpretation.
  • Be able to read a full score.
  • Have a good knowledge of the capabilities of the various instruments in the ensemble.
  • Recognise pitch inaccuracy.
  • Be able to maintain a proper balance and blend within the ensemble.
  • Use clear and unambiguous conducting gestures.
  • Establish a rapport with the players that enables him to elicit a cooperative response from the ensemble.

 

 

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