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Conducting Technique: For Beginners and Professionals Spiral-bound – 24 Mar 2005

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  • Spiral-bound: 156 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 3 edition (24 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193868547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193868540
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brock McElheran was a conductor and professor at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, the State University of New York. During his active career he prepared choruses for many of the world's leading conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta.


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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking of, or is a conductor, it has loads to teach everyone. One of the books strongest points is the way it is so thorough in it's technique and discusses many issues as to what is appropriate to wear, do with the other hand, say etc without being boring. It has examples for you to try if you want in every section which become progressive as you read through. At such a great price, I believe this is a MUST for anyone who is a musical director of any kind, be it in a school or theatre, or community show, or orchestra or other musical group.
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Format: Spiral-bound
This is a short book with lots of useful information. It's very practical, with clear diagrams. It seems a little dated now, and some passages may come across as very American-biased. It's also full of amusing asides which made me chuckle as I read it. It has different exercises for beginners and experienced conductors, although I can't imagine very experienced conductors picking this up unless pressed. But it's a good reference guide when you have a particular conducting problem, and well worth a read through for beginners or those with some experience.
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This book I've found is great. The best line is when it says that a band does't follow a conductor , it anticipates what the conductor is going to do next. this is so true. so many times a conductor is not happy because you're no following them, not realising that we, the players, can't anticipate what he's going to do next. If you follow, you're always behind!!!
Ths beat diagrams and explations are great...it all so true, and I've been a professional player for over 20yrs.

It's bang on the money
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This is a very good instruction book for the starting conductor and for the conductor who likes to learn more on the psychological and practical details of conducting.

Well written with useful excercises and examples. No nonsense publication by a professional and wilful writer.

LH
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
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I bought this book originally because it was offered by a handbell music/supply company. Since then it has been recommended to me by just about all the conductors I have worked with. It has the basics but also has details that even a pro can go back to again and again. Its format is very compressed and the presentation is entertaining and straightforward.
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Great book, worth reading all the way through. I think you have to read it and decide the best conducting technique that works for you and the musicians you are directing.
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