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Conversation about the Saito Conducting Method with Wayne Toews

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Published on Jan 20, 2017

Conversation about the basics of the Saito Conducting Method.

The Saito Conducting Method resulted from Hideo Saito’s analysis of conducting gestures to answer the question – “Why is it easier to make music with some conductors than with others?”
Saito’s analysis revealed that gestures made with acceleration and deceleration facilitate anticipation of the beat. The Saito method uses a set of studies through which conductors train their arms to accelerate and decelerate at different rates. This training of the arm includes learning to drop it, to swing it and to move it from a burst. One gesture is joined to the next using deceleration and acceleration. Further, Saito’s analysis showed that controlling the place and time when the motion between the beats is slowest, called the secondary point, is the key element in guiding an ensemble to a precise and artistic performance. In addition to precison in the ensemble, the gestures influence the articulation, phrasing, dynamics and other elements of the performance. The method teaches two different types of gestures: those that accelerate into the beat as if striking a drum and those that burst from the beat as if moving away from a hot surface. These skills empower conductors to shape outstanding performances.

More information is available at http://conductorschool.com/

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