The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conducting Music

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Penguin, Jun 5, 2012 - Music - 240 pages
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The complex art of conducting may look effortless to the casual onlooker; however, it requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. The success of a performance hinges on the director's ability to keep the group playing together and interpreting the music as the composer intended. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Conducting Music shows student and novice conductors how to lead bands, orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles effectively through sight-reading, rehearsals, and performances. Bonus online video content shows expert conductors conducting various time signatures, tempos, downbeats, cues, articulations, dynamics, and more.

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Different Types of Conducting
Same Job Different Roles
Preparing the Score
Conducting Rehearsals
Basic Skills
Assuming the Position
Conducting Basic Metric Patterns
Conducting at Slower Tempos
Interpretation and Expression
Using the Left Hand
Conducting Tempo
Conducting Dynamics and Phrasing
Conducting Cues and Accents
Conducting Recitatives and Other Unmetered
Conducting Unmeasured Preludes

Alternate FourBeat Pattern
Conducting in Compound Triple Meters
Conducting in Fast Triple Meters
Conducting Orchestras and Concert Bands
Conducting Marching Bands

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About the author (2012)

Michael Miller attended the prestigious Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University School of Music. A former percussion instructor and working drummer, he is also an accomplished composer and arranger. He is the author of more than 30 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Playing Drums, Second Edition; The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Music Theory, Second Edition; The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Singing; The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Music Composition; and The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Solos and Improvisation.

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