Hey everyone, I recently joined my college orchestra which is much more advanced overall than the level of my high school string only orchestra. In the high school orchestra, our conductor conducted right on the beat and it was really easy to follow and to know when to come in.
In my college orchestra, it seems like the conductor conducts ahead of the beat. I know that it's a common thing, but I've never played with a conductor like that so I'm a little confused. It seems like everyone knows exactly when to come in on beat 1, say at the beginning of a piece, but to me it looks like the conductor gives a big downbeat, nothing happens, and then we come in seemingly randomly... And then it's hard for me to keep the pulse in my head because I don't really have anything to refer to except for listening to others because the conductor is doing something else.
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