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Question: Do you think musical conductors are a waste of time!?
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Hi Chloe

For a 4 piece band, I agree!.!.!.!.wasted time

For a 30 piece orchestra, they are the ones leading each section of the orchestra, violin, brass, percussion etc!.!.

It would probably be chaos if he dropped dead!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Not only do conductors keep the group together in time, but they also interpret the music notation to make the performance interesting and personal!. To do this, they control time, dynamics (how soft or loud the orchestra plays), balance (how loud certain instruments in certain section of the piece sound, as opposed to the rest of the orchestra), timing (changes of time according to the mood of the piece), etc!. All those gestures that you see are intended to control those elements, and also to inspire certain moods and reactions of the musicians -and therefore the way they play!. Great conductors strongly imbue their performances with personal ideas about the music!. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony conducted by Bernstein sounds very different from the version contucted by von Karajan, for example!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

No!. Sometimes my band conductor doesnt turn up for the first 20 minutes of so of our band rehearsal, and its really hard to keep in time with everyone, play all the dynamics and all play at the same speed along with the drums without someone there to keep you all moving together!.

However, in some cases, such as small trios or quartets, if you know the music and each other well enough then you can do without a conductor!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Nope!. While I am certainly no expert on the matter, I know that they do a quite a bit to keep the orchestra in the same tempo and all that!. My wife played in an orchestra for a while, and I asked her a similar question once!.!.!.she said that a conductor is a pretty important part of the show!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

No, I am not a musician but he or she is necessary to keep the orchestra in step so to speak, all that waving of his stick ( baton ) is to keep the timing correct and I believe he has to know how to play at least 6 of the instruments perfectly as well!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

No, I don't!. While it is possible, of course, for a large group to play without a conductor, this is only suitable for certain types of music!. Conductors make everyone else's job in an orchestra much easier!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

not at all - with hundreds of people, all playing at once, it is very easy to get slightly out of beat, now and again - even the best players will cock up now and again!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

most people would say "yes"!. conductors, though help the band stay on the same speed and direct when people come in!. but mostly there like to take the credit!. lolWww@QuestionHome@Com

No, conductors keep everyone in time (if it's a good band/ orchestra!.)Www@QuestionHome@Com

i'd say so but then again the help the band know when and where to play certain notes and how long to hold them for!! most of them look like they are having major fits though!!Www@QuestionHome@Com

No, thety don't waste time : they keep itWww@QuestionHome@Com