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Manufacturer: Alexander Publishing

The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux Home Study Course - Complete Edition

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Initially created for a 7-week online class mentoring program, you can now get, in a single package, the PDF book of The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux, PLUS Peter Lawrence Alexander's 14 lesson PDFs and approximately 2 hours of supporting video lectures so you can have this advanced study option to do at your own pace. These fourteen lessons and material in the book are roughly the equivalent of a semester's worth of work in college, again, that you do at your own pace.

Please note: this is NOT an academic theoretical approach. Initially, you'll do all your work with just the Dorian mode. From there, all the remaining modes are open to you.

Please note: the course does NOT teach RULES! It teaches PRINCIPLES that you can apply to ANY style of music. Once you've learned to apply these principles, you then have the skill to write music on demand - in as many different music styles you know: classical, jazz, rap, you name it!

That's why this is a practical course for songwriters, arrangers, and composers who are able to read music and want to:
  • improve their melodic skills;
  • expand their melodic language by learning to write modally;
  • learn how to harmonize their song;
  • learn how to create a starting bass line;
  • learn how to create a counterline above and below the melody;
  • learn how to create interesting harmonizations;
  • learn how to improvise;
  • (for jazz players) learn how to apply chord scales in jazz and other styles.

  • You will:
  • write and record all your work;
  • apply concepts with exercises;
  • apply concepts to a maximum of five different songs of your choice, preferably from different styles.

  • You'll need:
  • to be able to read music notation;
  • to ideally budget 2-4 hours per week, but you can set your own pace;
  • to preferably have sequencing or notation software with vocal, strings, and piano samples to record your work. If you only have access to a piano, that's OK.

  • Included In Complete Edition Course:
  • PDF edition of The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux, 561 pgs.
  • 14 Lessons in PDF format.
  • Approx. 2 hours of supporting video lectures (.mov format for Mac and PC).

  • The Instant Composer: Counterpoint By Fux Lesson Plan
    As mentioned above, the course was originally structured for a 7-week class, but you can work through the lessons at your own pace.

    Week 1
    Lesson 1: Understanding The So Called "Rules" Of Counterpoint
    Lesson 2: Modes and Chord Scales

    Week 2
    Lesson 3: Harmonizing The Melodic Line
    Lesson 4: Harmonizing The Melody - The Next Step

    Week 3
    Lesson 5: Dorian Bass Line - Note Against Note
    Lesson 6: Creating A Counterline Above The Melody

    Week 4
    Lesson 7: Dorian - Two Notes Against One Note
    Lesson 8: Dorian - Two Notes Against One Note: Counter Theme Below

    Week 5
    Lesson 9: Dorian - Four Notes Against One Note: Counter Theme Above
    Lesson 10: Dorian - Four Notes Against One Note: Counter Theme Below

    Week 6
    Lesson 11: Dorian - Syncopation And Suspensions
    Lesson 12: Dorian - Syncopation And Suspensions: Below The Melody

    Week 7
    Lessons 13-14 - The Whole Pie

    Download Info:
  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x1 zip file containing your PDF book.
  • x1 .zip file containing your PDF Lessons.
  • x2 .zip files containing your supporting Video Lectures (.mov format for Mac and PC).
  • x1 PDF "Read Me First" document.
  • approx. 469MB compressed (484MB decompressed).

  • Teacher

    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 9 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.