Cantate Domino 10/19
Wow - so much to reflect on. I felt pretty good about this session. I've watched the video three times now and I'm still getting a lot out of it. I think my primary take-away lesson from this experience was Matt's comments about not being "lazy" with my wrist. =) I used a very fluid motion in my beat pattern for the triplet section but it was difficult for the singers to follow. With my wrist constantly breaking it was difficult to tell where to place certain syllables. Plus, every time my wrist broke it interfered with the singers' breathing. Matt suggested using a simpler motion (less rotation around the wrist) and pretending I was sweeping my hand through a viscous liquid (adding weight to the motion). While I didn't master either one in class I definitely felt a difference between my initial movement and Matt's movement. I think Matt's way added more line and support to each passage, which was exactly what I was attempting to achieve.
On a side note, I really need to work on my facial expressions! While watching my video I kept wanting to see raised eyebrows at entrances and facial reflections of dynamics. But alas, there was nothing. I will work on that for next time. =)