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The Art of the Conductor: The Definitive Guide to Music Conducting Skills, Terms, and Techniques [Paperback]

John J. Watkins
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13 July 2007
"John Watkins has used his years of experience on both sides of the baton to create a charming introduction to the art of conducting. There are not many reference books that deal with the 'how to' of directing a group of musicians. This practical guide to conducting wisely stays away from musical theory and concentrates on how to communicate with musicians from base amateur to seasoned professional.This is a must for a newly aspiring conductor, and an experienced conductor could very well use this as a refresher."
-John Tozer, music director, Scarborough, Ontario

An invaluable reference guide for musicians of all types, The Art of the Conductor contains clear and detailed descriptions of universally accepted techniques used by the world's best and most successful music conductors.

Classically trained musician and conductor John J. Watkins discusses the evolution of conducting technique and how it relates to various forms of music, and he outlines the wide array of skills conductors need today. He also explains the finer points of technique and control, including beat patterns and signals, tempo changes, and using the left hand, to make the conducting experience as rewarding as possible.

The Art of the Conductor will help conductors, choristers, and instrumentalists build their skills and confidence for more relaxed, enjoyable, and polished performances that audiences will love.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse-Indigo (13 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595433960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595433964
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in England in 1929, John Watkins is a pianist, oboist, singer, freelance conductor, music arranger, and founder member of The Scarborough Bel Canto Choir.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Merely a short description 12 Nov 2013
By bryla
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Nothing more than describing some and only some of the aspects a conductor is doing and always from the point of the musician or the audience. You can't tell that the author knows about conducting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clear, Simple Guide 18 Jan 2013
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I found this book to be very helpful. I loved the written style of the author which was was clear and very readable. The book was full of basic musical knowledge for the beginner and I would definitely consult it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conducting is an Art 5 Jun 2009
By L.H.
Although this is a very useful instruction book it's in my opinion not the 'Definite guide to Music Conducting Skills'.
But for beginning conductors or interested music lovers it can be of great help with exploring and/or demystifying the roll of the 'waving man or woman' in front of the orchestra.

Leiderdorp/The Netherlands
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Art of the Conductor 30 July 2010
By MomoKauai - Published on Amazon.com
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Ad good basic book on conducting technique, but decidedly influenced by European ideals and craft standards. I used this text with a new student and found it helpful but it did not have enough depth for the serious student. For the casual conductor or as a reference for observers, this is good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear manual 18 Feb 2014
By A. Tiziano DEMARIA - Published on Amazon.com
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Of course to approach this book one should know Music.
But once she knows it, and reads this book, she's learning in a quick and clear way, how to give the correct signals to the Orchestra.
If you expect that you learn how to become empathic with this book: forget it. Or you are in your Nature, or no book can learn yoou how to do it.
And a Director MUST be empathic and very communicative (otherwise just use a metronome!)
If you expect to learn the code used in a very effective way use this book! It's a MUST

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5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book 26 Feb 2012
By alex - Published on Amazon.com
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a little spendy for a fifty page book but taught me a lot about conducting. I'll keep the book still for reference and so I can keep practicing the technique.
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