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

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Professional Orchestration Volume 1 is endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy, and Emmy Awards! 100% Downloadable!

Jerry Goldsmith, Academy and Emmy Award Winning Composer
The best orchestration book since Forsyth.

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.

Bruce Broughton, Emmy Award Winning Composer
Professional Orchestration offers more opportunities to see and hear the combinations which formerly could only be imagined.

Emanuele Ruffinengo, Three-time Grammy Award Winner
Peter Alexander has done a huge work in this book. I'm completely delighted with what I've received. Reading only a few pages was enough to realize the high significance of this text, so thanks again! I will definitely recommend it to my students and friends.

Paul Thomson (Spitfire Audio), Aerial and Monteux Award Winning Composer
Every time I open this book I learn something new.

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The Professional Orchestration Basic Home Study Bundle Comes With:
Professional Orchestration Volume 1 book in PDF format (almost 800-pages)
Professional Mentor Workbook in PDF format
The Spectrotone Chart in PDF format (unique to the study of orchestration created by 4x Academy Award® nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange)
Approx. 12 hours of MP3s covering many of the book’s examples
PDF Spreadsheet with audio timings for the book’s examples
Professional Mentor Lesson Planner and 7 Audio Lectures Explaining How to Study Professional Orchestration on your own!
FREE BONUS FROM VSL: MP3s and MIDI files to help improve your MIDI mock-up skills

Important Note: to get the most out of Professional Orchestration, you need to read music. If you learn mostly by ear, please see our Visual Orchestration series of courses based on the Spectrotone Chart where no textbook is required.

The Book: Professional Orchestration Volume 1
You'll study from the PDF book Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes. At almost 800-pages, this first volume in the Professional Orchestration series covers all the main orchestral instruments, and percussion, with electronic scoring notes. Where available, nearly all the book’s examples, by instrument, are organized by demonstrating the instrument in its low, medium, high and very high ranges. Each book in the Professional Orchestration series is organized this way so that you’ll learn from common practice how and where specific devices and combinations work best. With its full page/full score examples on an oversized textbook page, you’re able to see and hear what the instrument sounds like in that range within the context of the full orchestral score. No other orchestration method teaches you this way.

Direct From the Scoring Stages of Los Angeles to YOU! Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the very first orchestration book to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles with instrumentation notes edited by the elite film studio musician community.

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.

The Professional Mentor™ – much more than a workbook
The Professional Mentor Workbook is the heart of Professional Orchestration Volume 1 because it turns Professional Orchestration into a complete home study course that you can do on your own schedule at your own pace. There’s never a rush. It includes our Lesson Planner and seven (7) audio lectures explaining how to study on your own. Please click the Contents tab for details.

Here’s how it works. With the Professional Mentor, rather than taking a self-test to see if you know the material, you write one piece for each of the 13 solo instruments covered in the Workbook (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.

Bonus Gift from VSL
Also 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.

The Spectrotone Chart
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 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.

The Spectrotone Chart has applications to any style of music that makes use of orchestral instruments. With its color coded approach, you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes. It shows orchestral balance and color at a glance. Because the Spectrotone Chart is a must have for all arrangers, composers and recording engineers, we've made it a part of our Professional Orchestration curriculum and incorporated it into the Professional Mentor Workbook.

How you learn.
With Professional Orchestration you learn by doing. The seven (7) Professional Mentor audio lectures with the Professional Mentor Workbook show you how to study a score and create a condensed score of the excerpt being studied. You’re then encouraged to sequence the excerpt to understand orchestration techniques and compositional insights learned from the example, along with basic MIDI mock-up and recording skills.

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 not available from any other company. 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:

  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x5 .zip files / x2 .pdf files
  • approx. 1.5GB size.

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

    TABLE OF CONTENTS - Professional Orchestration Volume 1
    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

    A paperback edition of Professional Orchestration, Vol. 1 is available to order from Amazon or through most major bookstores using the information below:
    Title: Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments & Instrumentation Notes
    Author: Peter Lawrence Alexander / ISBN: 978-0-939067-70-1

    The remaining items included in this bundle are only available as digital downloads. You can order them separately here.
    1. Professional Mentor Workbook For Volume 1 (Includes Spectrotone Chart)
    2. Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Files


    Basic Home Study Bundle Contents

    The following are instant digital downloads:
    1. Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1 PDF - $55.96 Retail Value
    2. Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package (90 tracks / Approx. 12 hours of Digital Rights Management Free MP3s covering a majority of the examples - $59.95 Retail Value
    3. Spectrotone Chart - $19.95 Retail Value
    4. Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value
    5. Professional Mentor™ Audio Lecture Overview Talks - Bonus!
    6. Orchestral Sample Evaluation Spreadsheets for Woodwinds/Brass, Strings and Harp - Bonus!

    Total Value - $160.81
    Total Download Size: approx. 1.5GB (split into x5 .zip files / x2 .pdf files)

    Plus! Your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library - 13 MP3/MIDI files to help you learn the techniques of MIDI Mockup!

    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 for Vol. 1
    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

    Spectrotone Chart

    Spectrotone Chart

    Because Professional Orchestration™ is the first orchestral scoring series to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles, we’re excited to announce the addition of the Spectrotone Chart™, created by Academy Award® nominee Arthur Lange, who was also music director for MGM and other studios.

    Using the Spectrotone Chart 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.

    In Arthur Lange’s own words, the Spectrotone Chart is, “a colorgraphic exposition of tone-color combinations and balance as practiced in modern orchestration.”

    The Spectrotone Chart has applications to any style of music that makes use of orchestral instruments. It shows orchestral balance and color at a glance. With the Spectrotone Chart, visual colors are used to describe instrumental tone-colors, making it possible to determine in advance the true balance of any orchestral color effects. Because the Spectrotone Chart does away with trial and error guessing, you can use it when arranging, composing, recording or mixing. With its color coded approach, you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes.

    Each tone-color has an additional timbre description that changes depending on the type of articulation used. In your PDF Guides you're given a chart of Articulation Tables by tone-color, by instrument, that show how the timbre can change, and also how this will affect the intensity and carrying power of that instrument. You'll know when an instrument in a particular register will be strong in intensity, or when it will be weak and possibly need reinforcing by another instrument.

    For mixing purposes and applying EQ, we’ve added the Hz frequencies for each pitch under the keyboard shown at the bottom of the chart.

    Because the Spectrotone Chart is a must have for all arrangers, composers and recording engineers, we've made it a part of our Professional Orchestration curriculum, and the Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundles.

    The Spectrotone Chart is a digital download item, that can be used as an on-screen reference, or printed out on a variety of different sized papers. It's designed for 18" x 24" poster printing, but can be resized on a home color printer.

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