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Professional Orchestration 2-Semester Home Study Bundle

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Included In the Professional Orchestration™ 2-Semester Home Study Bundle:
This value-priced bundle combines the Professional Orchestration Vol. 1: Basic Home Study PDF/MP3 Bundle (the first semester) with our Writing For Strings Course (the second semester). All material is 100% downloadable

You'll need:

  • To ideally budget 6-8 hours for study per week, but you can set your own pace;
  • To preferably have sequencing or notation software with strings, brass, wind and percussion samples to record your work;
  • To be able to read music notation.

    Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 Basic Home Study PDF/MP3 Bundle

    This value-priced first semester bundle includes the PDF eBook edition of Professional Orchestration Volume 1 (Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes), the student workbook (called the Professional Mentor™), the Spectrotone Chart (unique to the study of orchestration created by 4x Academy Award® nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange), approx. 12 hours of full orchestral music in MP3 format w/audio timings covering a majority of the book’s examples (licensed from, and the Lesson Planner with seven (7) Professional Mentor audio lectures explaining how to study on your own. Also included, courtesy of the Vienna Symphonic Library and composer Jay Bacal, are bonus materials for self-study for MIDI mock-ups.

    At almost 800-pages, this first volume in the Professional Orchestration series covers all the main orchestral instruments, and percussion, with electronic scoring notes. The majority of techniques taught in Volume 1 are illustrated with full page/full score examples. Where appropriate, full page scores are given for the low, medium, high and very high ranges of each instrument so you can see/hear how scoring techniques change depending on what register the melody or theme is placed in.

    Says Conrad Pope, Multi-Award Winning Orchestrator
    Peter Alexander was the "real deal". Though I'm not a "fan" of most orchestration books, Peter's is one that I think many musicians will find to be not only informative but inspiring as well.

    With the Professional Mentor PDF Workbook, rather than taking a self-test to see if you know the material in Professional Orchestration Volume 1, you write one piece for each of the 13 solo instruments covered (the equal of roughly a semester’s worth of work at college) before you do your optional “final” project – a full orchestral arrangement. With this approach, you create 13 publishable works that could become the basis for your own publishing company, and, you can go to the next step, and create your own CD by doing a MIDI mock-up of your piece.

    Instruments you write original works for are: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp.

    With the MP3 Audio Package for Professional Orchestration Volume 1 you get around 12 hours of music in DRM-free MP3 Format licensed from The Volume 1 Audio Package covers approx. 70% of the musical works used in the Volume 1 book (not all pieces are currently available from eClassical). To fulfill listening requirements that many schools have, you’re given the complete work or movement the majority of the book’s examples are found in. A PDF spreadsheet of timings for the examples is included. Since they’re MP3s, you can download them to your favorite MP3 player and listen wherever you want. Since the MP3s are Digital Rights Management (DRM) free, you can listen on any Mac, PC, or other MP3 device.

    Bonus Gift from VSL
    Included in your Professional Mentor files, the good folks at the Vienna Symphonic Library, and composer Jay Bacal, have allowed us to give you, at no extra charge, 13 solo compositions with MP3 and MIDI files mocked-up by Jay for the Vienna Instruments sample library. Just load the MP3 and MIDI file into your sequencer (the MIDI file is a visual study aid only. It requires the same VSL patches used by Jay for correct playback). You’ll see how Jay created the composition by studying velocity, expression, and mod wheel data. By the time you’ve gone through each instrument, including solo strings, you’ll know what you need to not only write for each instrument, but how to approach doing a MIDI mock-up. It’s a professional education you can apply to any library, too.

    By including the Spectrotone Chart™, which is unique to the Professional Orchestration series, we’re able to combine orchestration insights for coloristic writing with mixing skills in one value priced package. Created by 4x Academy Award® nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange, the Spectrotone Chart is unique to the study of orchestration. Using the Spectrotone Chart with both Professional Orchestration Volume 1 and the Writing For Strings Course, you'll learn how to create effective orchestral combinations by understanding which instruments will blend well together in which registers, or which instruments will provide a more contrasting tone-color when placed together. You'll also learn starting insights on orchestral balance within each section of strings, brass and winds.

    SAMPLE PAGES (Click to open in a new window)
    Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Introduction

    The First Key: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes
    Chapter 1 - String Section Overview
    Chapter 2 - The Violin: Basic Information
    Chapter 3 - The Viola: Basic Information
    Chapter 4 - The Cello: Basic Information
    Chapter 5 - The String Bass: Basic Information
    Chapter 6 - Bowings, Effects, and Bowing Effects
    Chapter 7 - String Stops
    Chapter 8 - Divisi
    Chapter 9 - Muted Strings
    Chapter 10 - Pizzicato
    Chapter 11 - Natural and Artificial Harmonics
    Chapter 12 - Woodwind Basics
    Chapter 13 - The Flute
    Chapter 14 - The Piccolo
    Chapter 15 - The Oboe
    Chapter 16 - The English Horn
    Chapter 17 - The Clarinet
    Chapter 18 - The Bass Clarinet
    Chapter 19 - The Bassoon
    Chapter 20 - The Contrabassoon
    Chapter 21 - Brass Basics
    Chapter 22 - The Bb Trumpet
    Chapter 23 - The Tenor and Bass Trombones
    Chapter 24 - The Tubas
    Chapter 25 - The French Horn
    Chapter 26 - The Harp
    Chapter 27 - Piano, Organ, Celeste, and Virtual Orchestra
    Chapter 28 - The Percussion Section

    Writing For Strings Course

    Writing For Strings is an entry-level, one semester length course teaching you both coloristic string writing techniques for live concert performances, studio recording sessions, and of equal importance today, the application of this valuable professional information to your MIDI Mock-ups. It's designed as the second semester following the standard one semester orchestration course, which is usually given in the senior year of college. It's ideally suited as the next step after studying through the Professional Orchestration Vol. 1: Basic Home Study Bundle.

    Because this is a self study course you can work through the lessons at your own pace. You can use any string sample library you have, or whatever strings are included in your sequencing or notation software.

    Writing For Strings comes with 28 PDF Lessons (approx. 140 pages) and approx. 6.98 hours of supporting Video Lectures (split into 30+ multi-part videos) supporting 19 key PDF lessons. Also included is our String Positions PDF Booklet, 19 PDF Public Domain Study Scores of classical works (approx. 470 pages), and live student recordings of string ranges for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Writing For Strings uses the book Professional Orchestration Volume 1 and draws from the same MP3 audio, but in your PDFs you'll also get links to YouTube video performances of most of the examples you'll be studying to hear and visualize string bowings (PDFs are updated roughly once a year to keep their contents up to date).

    Note: The Writing For Strings Course included in this 2-Semester Bundle is the Lite Edition course. Don't worry! You're not missing out on anything! The Spectrotone Chart and Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 PDF book that are included in the Complete Edition course can both be found in your First Semester Professional Orchestration Vol. 1: Basic Home Study Bundle downloads.

    In the USA, the typical college orchestra course is taught as a survey of orchestral instruments covered within only 1 quarter to 1 semester (depending on the school). This means a student gets on average one class lecture per orchestral instrument. Alexander Publishing’s Writing For Strings Course goes beyond that by taking the full semester to cover the string section, MIDI mock-up and recording issues, in depth score analysis using Professional Orchestration Volume 1's full page score excerpts, plus 19 bonus PDF scores of public domain classical works for self study, and much more. You’ll learn the professional’s top secret for writing success - score analysis and how to apply what you’ve learned to your own writing.

    Because good string writing doesn’t just happen, you get the 4-color String Positions PDF Booklet so you can work out just how playable your parts are.

    All these tools pull together to help you learn how to write for “live” string players and begin learning how to make sampled strings sound live. And finally, so you can put your new scoring skills to the test, you get a series of original 12-14 bar test scores for you to select the bowings, mark the legato bowings, and then do a MIDI mock-up that you record on your system based on the libraries you have.

    The 28 Lessons With Final Self Assessment Examples For You to Mock-up and Record on Your Home or School System.

    Lesson 0 - Introduction - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 1 - Knowing What Size Orchestra to Write For - w/ VIDEO
    Lesson 2 - The Source of Coloristic Orchestration - w/ 2 VIDEOS
    Lesson 3 - How to Do Score Analysis and Use It In Your Writing - w/6 VIDEOS
    Lesson 4 - String Seating Plans - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 5 - Panning With String Sample Libraries w/VIDEO
    Lesson 6 - The Violin: A Coloristic Overview (Low to Very High Range) - w/5 VIDEOS
    Lesson 7 - The Viola: A Coloristic Overview (Low to Very High Range) - w/3 VIDEOS
    Lesson 8 - The Cello: A Coloristic Overview (Low to Very High Range) - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 9 - The Bass: A Coloristic Overview (Low to Very High Range) - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 10 - Bowing Considerations and Definitions - w/2 VIDEOS
    Lesson 11 - On The String Bowings
    Lesson 12 - Off The String Bowings
    Lesson 13 - Special Effects Bowings
    Lesson 14 - Tremolo Bowings
    Lesson 15 - Pizzicato Bowings - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 16 - Double Stops and Their Use - w/VIDEO Master Class on Stops
    Lesson 17 - Triple Stops and Their Use
    Lesson 18 - Quadruple Stops and Their Use
    Lesson 19 - Creating Arpeggios From Stops
    Lesson 20 - Trills and Fingered Tremolo
    Lesson 21 - Muted Strings
    Lesson 22 - Divisi Writing and Its Implementation - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 23 - Creating Your Strings Template For MIDI Mock-ups - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 24 - Recording Tools For Spatial Placement In Your MIDI Mock-ups - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 25 - Setting Sectional Levels In Your MIDI Mock-ups - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 26 - Advanced: Starting String Combinations - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 27 - Strings and Voices - w/VIDEO
    Lesson 28 - Final Self Assessment: The Dogs of Riga - Five Test Pieces For MIDI Mockups - w/VIDEO

    How you learn.
    With Professional Orchestration you learn by doing. One of the essential career skills you'll learn is how to study a score and create a condensed score of the excerpt being studied. You’re then encouraged to sequence the excerpt to learn orchestration techniques and compositional insights from the example, plus basic MIDI mock-up and recording skills. Be prepared to do a lot of practical work! And you can learn at your own pace as your schedule allows.

    End Result - you learn how to write and produce your own music!

    Download Info: Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Basic Home Study PDF/MP3 Bundle

  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x1 .zip file containing your PDF book.
  • x1 .zip file containing your Workbook and Spectrotone Chart.
  • x3 .zip files containing your MP3 audio.
  • x1 PDF containing your MP3 audio timings spreadsheet.
  • x1 PDF "Start Here" document.
  • approx. 1.36GB compressed (1.42GB decompressed).

  • Download Info: Writing For Strings Course
  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x1 .zip file containing your PDF Lessons.
  • x6 .zip files containing your supporting Video Lectures (.mov format for Mac and PC).
  • x1 .zip file containing your String Positions PDF Booklet.
  • x1 .zip file containing your PDF Study Scores.
  • x1 .zip file containing student recordings of the range breaks for violin, viola, cello, bass.
  • x1 PDF "Read Me First" document.
  • approx. 1.54GB compressed (2.24GB decompressed).

  • Contents

    The following are instant digital downloads:
    Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 Basic Home Study PDF/MP3 Bundle Contents (First Semester)

    1. Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1 PDF (almost 800 pages) - $55.96 Retail Value
    2. Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package (90 tracks / approx. 12 hours of Digital Rights Management Free MP3s covering approx. 70% of the musical works quoted in the book Professional Orchestration Volume 1 - $59.95 Retail Value
    3. Spectrotone Chart™ - $19.95 Retail Value
    4. Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value
    5. Orchestral Sample Evaluation Spreadsheets for Woodwinds/Brass, Strings and Harp - Bonus!
    6. Plus! Your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library - 13 MP3/MIDI files to help you learn the techniques of MIDI Mockup!

    Writing For Strings Course (Second Semester)
    1. 28 Lessons in PDF format with 4-color graphics (approx. 140 pages).
    2. Approx. 6.98 hours of supporting video lectures (.mov format for Mac and PC) matching key lessons.
    3. String Positions PDF Booklet in 4-color graphics for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass.
    4. Live student recordings of string ranges for violin, viola, cello, and bass.
    5. 19 PDF study scores of public domain classical works (approx. 470 pages).
    6. Live student recordings of string ranges for violin, viola, cello, and bass.
    7. Links to YouTube video performances of most of the examples you'll be studying to hear and visualize string bowings.
    - $79.95 Retail Value

    Total 2-Semester Bundle Value - $240.76


    Professional Mentor™ Contents
    1. Lesson Planner
    2. Score Analysis Guide
    3. Orchestral Sketchpad PDF
    4. Spectrotone Analysis Guide
    5. Spectrotone Range Sheets
    6. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
    7. VSL Self-Study MIDI Mockup
    8. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments
    9. Orchestral Sample Library Evaluation Spreadsheets

    Professional Mentor™ Audio Lectures
    1. Professional Mentor Overview
    2. Score Analysis Overview
    3. Spectrotone Analysis Overview
    4. Spectrotone Range Sheet Assignments
    5. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
    6. VSL Self-Study Overview
    7. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments Overview DRM-Free MP3 Audio Package
    Symphony 5
    2. Andante
    3-4. Allegro
    Symphony 6 (Pastoral)
    1. Allegro ma non troppo
    2. Andante molto mosso
    3. Allegro
    Symphony 7
    2. Allegretto
    Symphony 9
    4. Finale - Presto

    Symphony Fantastique
    1. Reveries (Passions)
    2. Un bal
    3. Scene aux champs
    4. Marche au supplice
    5. Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat

    Carmen Suites Complete
    Suite #1: 1. Prelude - Aragonaise
    Suite #1: 2. Intermezzo
    Suite #1: 3. Seguidilla
    Suite #1: 4. Les dragons de Alcala
    Suite #1: 5. Marche du toreador
    Suite #2: 1. Marche des contrabandiers
    Suite #2: 2. Habanera
    Suite #2: 3. Nocturne
    Suite #2: 4. Chanson du toreador
    Suite #2: 5. Garde montant
    Suite #2: 6. Danse bohemienne

    Images 1: Gigues
    Images 2: Iberia - Par les rues et par les chemins
    Images 2: Iberia - Les parfums de la nuit
    Images 2: Iberia - Le matin d'un jour de fete
    Images 3: Rondes de printemps
    Danse Sacree
    Danse Profane
    La Mer
    1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
    2. Jeux de vagues
    3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

    Symphony #9 (New World)
    2. Largo
    4. Allegro con fuoco

    Symphony #1 (Titan)
    1. Langsam Schleppend
    2. Scherzo kraftig bewegt
    3. Feierlich und gemessen ohne zu schleppen
    4. Sturmisch bewegt

    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Wedding March
    Symphony #4 (Italian)
    1. Allegro vivace
    2. Andante con moto
    3. Con moto moderato
    4. Saltarello

    Symphony #36
    1. Adagio Allegro spiritoso
    2. Andante
    3. Menuetto
    4. Presto
    Symphony #41
    1. Allegro vivace
    2. Andante cantabile
    3. Menuetto
    4. Molto allegro

    Lt. Kije
    3. Kije's wedding
    4. Troika

    Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2
    Mother Goose Suite
    1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
    2. Petit Poucet
    3. Laideronnette imperatrice des Pagodes
    4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
    5. Le jardin feerique
    La Valse

    Cappricio Espagnole
    1. Alborda
    2. Variazioni
    3. Alborada
    4. Scena e canto gitano
    5. Fandango asturiano Coda
    1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
    2. The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
    4. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea

    Symphony #1 (Spring)
    1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace

    Swan of Tuonela

    Don Juan
    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

    The Rite of Spring
    1. L'adoration de la terre
    2. Le Sacrifice

    Symphony #4
    3. Scherzo Pizzicato ostinato allegro
    Symphony #6 (Pathetique)
    1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
    The Nutcracker
    3. Danse de la fee
    6. Danse chinoise
    7. Danse des mirlitons
    8. Valse des fleurs

    Parsifal Prelude
    Tristan und Isolde Prelude
    Lohengrin Prelude
    Ride of the Valkyries
    Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg Prelude


    Peter Lawrence Alexander
    Peter Lawrence Alexander was the first American to create in English the multi-volume Professional Orchestration™ Series which has been endorsed by winners of the Academy®, Grammy®, Emmy®, and BAFTA® Awards. He’s also the author and teacher of Visual Orchestration, Scoring Stages, How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite, The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux, Writing For Strings, Applied Professional Harmony 101 and 102, How MIDI Works, Street Smart Guide to the Vienna Instruments Player, Street Smart Guide to Logic 8 and many more. He was also Film Music Magazine’s award winning Music Technology Journalist.

    A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a BS In Music Composition, he studied counterpoint privately with Dr. Hugo Norden of Boston University, and orchestration with Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Albert Harris.

    He coordinated beta test teams for the Vienna Symphonic Library and co-produced the Modern Symphonic Orchestra orchestral sample library for Creative Labs. As a media researcher he produced studies showing geodemographical radio station listening patterns by day segments, and in working with renowned radio programmer Jack McCoy’s RAM Research he laid the research foundation for what later became Arbitron Information on Demand.

    Maintaining Peter's Teaching Legacy: Since the sudden and unexpected passing of Peter Lawrence Alexander in 2015, his music books and courses are now maintained and updated by his wife and long-time business partner, Caroline Alexander, who holds a Master's Degree in Music Design for Film and TV.

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