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

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  • Author:Peter Lawrence Alexander
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The Professional Orchestration. Vol. 1 :Basic Home Study Bundle includes the PDF eBook of Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes, the Professional Mentor PDF Workbook and Audio lectures, the Spectrotone Instrumental Tone-Color Chart and the Volume 1 Audio Package. All in one value priced bundle!

The Professional Orchestration. Vol. 1: Basic Home Study Bundle is the equivalent of one semester's worth of orchestration, which you can study on your own schedule at your own pace. Professional Orchestration Volumes 2A and 2B (available for separate purchase, or in the Everything-So-Far Bundle) each contain an additional semester's worth of study. Building on the foundation learned in Volume 1, they move you beyond instrumentation into the full study of orchestration by learning specific time tested combinations for strings, winds and brass.

Do you read music or play by ear? To get the most out of Professional Orchestration, you need to read music. If you learn mostly by ear, please see the Visual Orchestration series of courses.


The Book: Professional Orchestration. Volume 1

You'll study out of the PDF eBook Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes. At almost 800-pages, this first volume 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 checked and edited by the elite film studio musician community. As Jerry Goldsmith's (Star Trek, The Mummy, Air Force One, Total Recall) orchestrator commented one day over at Warner Brothers, "You've got everything in here that we steal from!"

Click on the Contents tab above to see the Table of Contents for this book.

Audio Package for Professional Orchestration Volume 1

You get around 12 hours of music in Digital Rights Management (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.

The Professional Mentor – much more than a workbook

The Professional Mentor Workbook is the heart of Professional Orchestration Volume 1 because it turns the book into a complete home study course. It includes a Lesson Planner and seven (7) audio lectures explaining how to study on your own.

With the Professional Mentor, you'll learn how to study a score and create a condensed score of the excerpt being studied in the Volume 1 book. 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. Next, you'll write your own original composition using techniques learned from Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 for each of these solo instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp. With this approach, you create 13 publishable works (the equal of roughly a semester’s worth of work at college) and you can also write an optional “final” project – a full orchestral arrangement.

Bonus Gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library
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 and see how Jay created the composition by studying velocity, expression, mod wheel data, etc., as you listen to the MP3 file play. You can load your own instrument patch into the track, but you'll need to have the same VSL patches Jay used for the MIDI playback to match the MP3 audio. It will give you an idea of how to approach your own MIDI mock-ups and it's a professional education you can apply to any sample library you have.

Learn Orchestral Color and Balance With The Spectrotone Instrumental Tone-Color Chart

Originally created by 4x Academy Award nominee for Best Film Score, Arthur Lange, this expanded and enhanced 70th Anniversary Editon of 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. Visual colors are used to describe instrumental tone-colors, so you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes. You'll also learn how different articulations can change an instrument's timbre. You'll know when an instrument in a certain 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, Hz frequencies have been added 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, it's now a part of the Professional Orchestration curriculum and incorporated into the Professional Mentor Workbook.

With Professional Orchestration you learn by doing. And you can learn at your own pace as your schedule allows.


A paperback edition of Professional Orchestration, Vol. 1 is available to order from Amazon or through most major bookstores using the information below:

Title 01: Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Solo Instruments & Instrumentation Notes
Author: Peter Lawrence Alexander / ISBN: 978-0-939067-70-1

Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Basic Home Study Bundle Contents
  1. Professional Orchestration. Volume 1 PDF - $54.95 Retail Value
  2. Professional Orchestration. Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package (90 tracks / approx. 12 hours of Digital Rights Management Free MP3s covering many of the examples - $59.95 Retail Value
  3. Spectrotone Instrumental Tone-Color Chart PDF - $19.95 Retail Value
  4. Professional Mentor PDF Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value
  5. Professional Mentor Audio Lecture Overview Talks - BONUS!
  6. Orchestral Samples Evaluation Spreadsheets for Woodwinds/Brass, Strings and Harp - BONUS!
  7. Plus! Included with the Professional Mentor is your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library of 13 MP3/MIDI files by Jay Bacal.

Total Value: $159.80
Total Download Size: approx. 1.5GB (split into 5x .zip files / 2x .pdf files)

Below, you'll find the Table of Contents for the Professional Orchestration Volume 1 PDF eBook, the Professional Mentor PDF Workbook, and the Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package included in this Bundle.

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 | Bibliography

772 pgs.

CONTENTS - Professional Mentor PDF Workbook for Professional Orchestration Vol. 1

Professional Mentor Workbook
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

CONTENTS - Professional Orchestration Volume 1 MP3 Audio Package

Includes approximately 12 hours of DRM-free MP3s, licensed from These are the full works or full movements of each piece, covering approximately 70% of the musical works used in Professional Orchestration Volume 1. Not all pieces are currently available from eClassical. Timings for the examples used in Vol. 1 are included on a PDF spreadsheet.

BEETHOVEN: 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

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

BIZET: 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

DEBUSSY: Images: 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

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

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

MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, Scherzo, Intermezzo, Notturno, Wedding March | Symphony #4 (Italian): 1. Allegro vivace, 2. Andante con moto, 3. Con moto moderato, 4. Saltarello

MOZART: 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

PROKOFIEV: Lt. Kije: 3. Kije's wedding, 4. Troika

RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2 | La Valse | 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

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Cappricio Espagnole: 1. Alborda, 2. Variazioni, 3. Alborada, 4. Scena e canto gitano, 5. Fandango asturiano Coda | Scheherazade: 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

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

SIBELIUS: Swan of Tuonela

STRAUSS: Don Juan | Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

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

TCHAIKOVSKY: 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

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

Endorsements: Professional Orchestration Volume 1

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.

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

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
Every time I open this book I learn something new.

Compare Bundles!

Use this handy table to quickly compare the contents of the Professional Orchestration Basic, Master and Everything-So-Far Home Study Bundles. The 2-Semester Home Study Bundle is an additional option that combines the Professional Orchestration Basic Home Study Bundle with the Writing for Strings Course.

All products found in these bundles are also available separately, but the best value is to start with one of these.

Basic Master Everything-So-Far 2-Semester
Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vol. 1 MP3 Audio Package Yes Yes Yes Yes
Professional Mentor Workbook for Vol. 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bonus! Professional Mentor Audio Lectures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bonus! Orchestral Samples Evaluation Spreadsheets Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free Gift! 13 MP3/MIDI files by Jay Bacal and VSL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Professional Mentor Concert Audio Package Yes Yes
Spectrotone Instrumental Tone-Color Chart Yes Yes Yes Yes
String Positions Booklet Yes Yes Yes
Professional Orchestration Vol. 2A Yes
Vol. 2A MP3 Audio Supplement Yes
Professional Orchestration Vol. 2B Yes
Writing For Strings Course Yes

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