Not gonna lie, guys... I totally procrastinated putting this video out, even though I've thought of making this for a very long time.
I'm deathly afraid of being Avada Kedavra'd by conductors all over the world for this.
For those who aren't in the know, talking crap about conductors is a very common thing among musicians. While sometimes it's completely unjustified because it's really just us musicians who are the ones who can't follow a moving stick, sometimes... the conducting is just so bad that you can't help ranting about it. Usually, this ranting is done in private, so as to appear as a proper and submissive musician in public, but I'm just the stupid one who decided to talk about it on the internet.
The conducting in this video is sadly not exaggerated.
I'll let that sink in for a moment.
Yes, I seriously did live through many, many rehearsals with these kinds of conducting, and more! I just picked my top three favourites.
The most interesting part about these experiences was that I somehow found a way to follow them, and I found myself explaining almost everything in this video to my fellow musicians so often that I felt like it's something that should be shared with the wider world. I always got the best laughs when I did these conducting impersonations in person to friends and family, so I knew I had to turn it into a video.
I actually shot this video before I hit 10,000 subscribers, so watching this video is actually a bit of a time-travelling experience for you guys! I also rarely wear that blazer and shirt in the conducting scenes, but I'm so glad I kept them. However, while I was editing this, I got the feeling I looked more like an Asian Narcissa Malfoy than a conductor...
You'll also be tickled to know that that's not actually my baton! My dad fancied himself a conductor or something years ago and bought this crappy little stick on a whim at a local music store. Ever since I found it, it's been in my collection of random-music-crap-that-Joanna-keeps-just-in-case.
Maybe one day I'll make a video about all the random music crap I keep around...