Orchestration 1: From Sketch to Orchestra

Develop your skills as an orchestrator

Learn the key concepts about orchestration (Balance, Separation & Arrangement)

Learn how to distribute musical ideas across the orchestra


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UNDERSTAND THE BASICS OF EACH INSTRUMENT
AND THE ROLE IT PLAYS IN THE ORCHESTRA


CONFIDENTLY WRITE FOR EACH INSTRUMENT





UNDERSTAND HOW TO BALANCE ORCHESTRAL FAMILIES AND HOW TO
ARRANGE FOR FULL ORCHESTRA





“Orchestration 1: From Sketch to Orchestra”



This manual will teach you everything you need to know about each instrument and section for composing orchestral music. It will also show you how to balance, distribute and arrange your musical ideas in an orchestral context.

The basic orchestration concepts are always the same, whether you grab an orchestration book or take private lessons.


The key difference is in the way those concepts are presented.


There’s a lot that you can read from various sources, but you’ll turbocharge your learning by focusing on the most important concepts and techniques that will greatly improve your orchestration skills.


What you’ll find inside the course


Have you ever had this feeling of not managing to pick the right instruments to bring your musical idea to life?



In order to get a rich and full orchestral sound out of our musical ideas, we need to have a solid understanding of the basics:


#1– The distinct features of each instrument

  • What are their best ranges?
  • Do they stand out and cut through the orchestral mix or do they blend?
  • How does the timbre change depending on the range?

#2 – Timbre management

  • How to combine instruments to create new colors
  • When to and when not to use specific blends
  • When adding an instrument actually subtracts and lessens the sound

#3 – How to voice each section

#4 – How to use orchestral techniques to achieve separation and a good distribution of the different musical lines

#5 – Understand the weight of each section to achieve orchestral balance



That’s what you’re about to learn in this course.

Join “Orchestration 1: From Sketch to Orchestra”
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You’ll become an expert at the fundamentals of orchestration, and will learn why it is so important to master the basics before going for more challenging orchestral textures.


You’ll discover the importance of a good arrangement to attain balance. You’ll learn how this is going to be much more effective than just using dynamics and how this will almost guarantee the best results no matter the orchestra size.


You’ll discover the go-to voicings and arranging techniques to use for each section when you want to achieve certain effects, such as how to write for brass when you want an epic sound, what range of the flute sounds darker for a sadder tone, how to blend strings and woodwinds to add certain colorations, and how to get more definition for low cello and bass lines.


You’ll discover the importance of doubling and combining instruments and section. You’ll understand how that can sometimes increase the weight of a musical idea or other times will create a new timbre. Most importantly, you’ll learn what instruments NOT to put together depending on what purpose you’re after.


You’ll discover the three basic elements for creating separation so that your music sounds clear. If you are orchestration your orchestral mockup, and using sample libraries to produce your orchestral music, using this three basic elements is going to be of major help for gaining clarity and separation and it going to be the mixing part much easier.


Complete Course Outline:

Welcome
Introduction
Evolution of the Orchestra: Introduction
Evolution of the Orchestra: Late Renaissance and Baroque
Evolution of the Orchestra: Classical Period
Evolution of the Orchestra: Romantic and Post-Romantic Period
Evolution of the Orchestra: 20th Century
Size and Balance in Today’s Context
Clefs
Transpositions
The Score and Parts
Score Editors - Notation Software
Conclusion
Assignment
Introduction
The String Section
The Instruments: the Violin
The Instruments: the Viola
The Instruments: the Cello
The Instruments: the Contrabass
Left Hand: the Strings
Open Strings
Double, Triple and Quadruple Stops
Double Stops
Triple and Quadruple Stops
Right Hand: the Bow
Right Hand: Down and Up Bow
Right Hand: Bow Techniques
Right Hand: On the String Bow Techniques
Right Hand: Off the String Techniques
Right Hand: Techniques Depending on the Place on the String
Right Hand: Other Techniques
Subdivisions
Conclusion
Assignment
Introduction
The Brass Section
The Instruments: the French Horn
The Instruments: the Trumpet
The Instruments: the Trombone Family
The Instruments: the Tuba
Techniques
Techniques: General Articulations
Techniques: Other Techniques
Mutes
Subdivisions
Conclusion
Assignment
Introduction
The Woodwind Section
The Instruments: the Flute Family
The Instruments: the Oboe Family
The Instruments: the Clarinet Family
The Instruments: the Bassoon Family
Techniques
Techniques: General Articulations
Techniques: Other Techniques
Subdivisions
Conclusion
Assignment
Introduction
The influence of the harmonic series
Partials, Overtones, and Harmonics
The Harmonic Series and How It Affects the Orchestration
The String Section
The String Section: the Functions
Performing Melodies
Performing Counterpoint
Performing Homophonic Textures
Performing Runs
Performing Patterns of Accompaniment
Doubling Other Sections
Combinations Within the String Section
Voicing for Strings
Voicing for Strings: Samples and Piano Sketches
Conclusion
Assignment
Introduction
The Brass Section
The Brass Section: the Functions
Performing melodies
Performing counterpoints
Performing homophonic textures
Performing runs
Performing patterns of accompaniment
Doubling other sections
Bringing the orchestra to a new dynamic level
Combinations within the Brass section
Voicing for Brass
Voicing for Brass: From Samples to Acoustic Instruments
Conclusion
Asignment
Introduction
The Woodwind Section
The Woodwind Section: the functions
Performing melodies
Performing counterpoints
Performing homophonic textures
Performing runs
Performing patterns of accompaniment
Doubling other sections
Combinations within the Brass section
Voicing for Woodwinds
Woodwinds: From the Sketch to the Orchestration
Conclusion
Asignment
Introduction
The percussion section
Pitched/Memb: the Timpani
Pitched/Idioph: the Mallet Family
Pitched/Idioph: the Xylophone
Pitched/Idioph: the Marimba
Pitched/Idioph: the Vibraphone
Pitched/Idioph: the Glockenspiel
Pitched/Idioph: the Crotales
Pitched/Idioph: the Chimes (Tubular Bells)
unPitched/Memb: the Snare Drum
unPitched/Memb: the Bass Drum
unPitched/Memb: the Concert Toms (Tom-toms)
unPitched/Memb: the Timbales
unPitched/Memb: the Bongos
unPitched/Memb: the Congas (Tumbadoras)
unPitched/Memb: the Tambourine
unPitched/Idioph: the Cymbal
unPitched/Idioph: the Triangle
unPitched/Idioph: the Tam-tam
unPitched/Idioph: the Anvil
unPitched/Idioph: the Woodblocks
unPitched/Idioph: the Temple-blocks
unPitched/Idioph: the Claves
unPitched/Idioph: the Castanets
unPitched/Idioph: the Maracas
unPitched/Idioph: the Whip (or Slapstick)
Conclusion
Asignment
Introduction
The Percussion Section, Keyboards and Harp
The Percussion Section, Keyboards and Harp: the functions
Featuring Musical Material
Performing Accompaniments
Performing Hits
Raising the Dynamic Level of the Orchestra
Doubling other sections
Percussion: From the Sketch to the Orchestration
Conclusion

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