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Professional Orchestration Vol 1 PDF: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes

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Professional Orchestration™ Volume 1, Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the first orchestration book to be written on the scoring stages in Los Angeles, with instrumentation notes edited by the elite film studio musician community. It’s almost 800-pages, formatted in 8.25"x11" size, with full page/full score examples.

Volume 1, which we're calling the First Key in learning Professional Orchestration, 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.

What you see, you hear. What you hear, you learn in your inner ear so that when you hear the device in your musical imagination, you know what it is and how to write for it. By organizing the examples by range you'll see and hear: how each instrument sounds in each major range break, where composers write across the range breaks, how the instrument projects in each range break, at what dynamic levels to write background instruments based on the dynamic of the solo instrument, and compositional insights for each solo instrument.

This method of demonstrating the instruments in their low, medium, high and very high ranges is followed in each succeeding volume in the series. As a result, you’ll learn from common practice how and where specific devices and combinations work best. No other orchestration method teaches you this way.

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. This approach goes beyond the typical instrument/range instruction as you learn more clearly how to write for a solo instrument. In our study of how the great composers taught themselves, self-instruction was the #2 skill for success, and you’ll learn that skill in Professional Orchestration.

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.

Additional Titles Available To Enhance Your Studies
The Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1. Available for separate purchase, or as part of the Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundles, the Professional Mentor Workbook for Volume 1 is a radical departure from traditional orchestration workbooks. Rather than do academic exercises, we have you create a 2-minute work for each solo instrument. Result: your own portfolio of works for solo instruments. And if you do MIDI mockups of them, you’ll end up with demos of your music and, potentially, your first CD! Now that’s practical!

Professional Orchestration MP3 Audio Packages - Available for separate purchase, or as part of the Professional Orchestration Home Study Bundles, the Volume 1 Audio Pack covers approximately 70% of the musical works quoted in Professional Orchestration Vol. 1. Licensed from, these are the full works, or movements the examples are found in (over 12 hours worth). Timings for book examples are included in a PDF spreadsheet.

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Professional Orchestration Vol 1: Introduction

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    A paperback edition of this title 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

    Table of Contents

    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, & 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, & Virtual Orchestra
    Chapter 28 -The Percussion Section

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    Composers and Works Quoted in Volume 1

    Beethoven - Symphony 5
    Beethoven - Symphony 6
    Beethoven - Symphony 7
    Beethoven - Symphony 9
    Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique
    Bizet - Carmen Suites Complete
    Borodin - Symphony #1
    Debussy - La Mer
    Debussy - Images
    Dvorak - Symphony #9
    Mahler - Symphony #1
    Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Mozart - Symphony #36
    Mozart - Symphony #41
    Prokofiev - Lt. Kije
    Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
    Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe Suites
    Ravel - Rhapsodie Espagnole
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Cappricio Espagnole
    Sibelius - Swan of Tuonela
    Strauss - Don Juan
    Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
    Strauss - Salome's Dance
    Stravinksy - The Rite of Spring
    Stravinksy - The Firebird
    Stravinksy - Petrushka
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony #6
    Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite
    Wagner - Parsifal Prelude
    Wagner - Tristan und Isolde Prelude
    Wagner - Lohengrin Prelude
    Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries
    Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg Prelude

    Endorsements: Professional Orchestration Volume 1

    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, Synesthesia (UK)
    Every time I open this book I learn something new.