Remember always the primary purposes of the prep beat are ...
a. indicate style
1) stand in
front of the ensemble in a confident, positive and authoritative manner
erect, balanced, with feet slightly spread apart, poised, yet relaxed, not
your arms upward and outward with elbows slightly away from the body
preparatory position should be easily visible to all in the ensemble and commanding
and positive in appearance
5) make sure
that you have established eye contact with the entire ensemble and maintain
this eye contact throughout the prep-beat and the initial down beat of the
EYES OUT OF THE SCORE !!!!!!!!
6) make sure that your inhalation is apparent to the ensemble and that it
cut-offs fall into two basic categories and you should choose the release
which is most appropriate for your ensemble/music.
circular approach (clockwise or counter-clockwise)
2. the flick
approach (slightest indication from the baton)
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