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Writing For Strings Course: Lite Edition

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Introduction to Writing for Strings by Peter Alexander.

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If you are a registered owner of the Professional Orchestration Everything-So-Far Bundle, write us for a coupon code to get the Writing For Strings Course: Lite Edition for just $29.95!

Comes With 28 Lessons, and 19 Video Lectures Over 30 Multipart Videos,
Strings Position Booklet, 21 PDF Public Domain Study Scores & Recorded Audio of Instrument Ranges Performed Live.

This is the same one Semester Class we make available to colleges, that now you can order and do at your own pace and your own schedule. Works With ANY String Sample Library.

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

Lesson 0 - Introduction - w/VIDEO
Lesson 1 - String Ensemble Sizes & Their Writing Implications - w/ VIDEO
Lesson 2 - The Source of Coloristic Orchestration - w/ 2 VIDEOS
Lesson 3 - How to Do Score Analysis & Use It In Your Writing - w/6 VIDEOS
Lesson 4 - String Seating Plans & Mixing - w/VIDEO
Lesson 5 - Panning With String Sample Libraries w/VIDEO
Lesson 6 - The Coloristic Violin: Low to Very High Range - w/5 VIDEOS
Lesson 7 - The Coloristic Viola: Low to Very High Range - w/VIDEO
Lesson 8 - The Coloristic Cello: Low to Very High Range - w/VIDEO
Lesson 9 - The Coloristic Bass: Low to Very High Range- w/VIDEO
Lesson 10 - Bowings & Coloristic Orchestration - w/2 VIDEOS
Lesson 11 - On The String Bowing Examples
Lesson 12 - Off The String Bowing Examples
Lesson 13 - Special Effects Bowing Examples
Lesson 14 - Tremolo Bowing Examples
Lesson 15 - Pizzicato Bowing Examples- w/VIDEO
Lesson 16 - Double Stops & Their Use w/VIDEO Master Class on Stops
Lesson 17 - Triple Stops & Their Use
Lesson 18 - Quadruple Stops & Their Use
Lesson 19 - Creating Arpeggios From Stops
Lesson 20 - Trills & Fingered Tremolo
Lesson 21 - Muted Strings
Lesson 22 - Divisi Writing & 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 - Steps to Setting Sectional Levels In Your MIDI Mock-ups - w/VIDEO
Lesson 26 - Advanced: Starting String Combinations - w/VIDEO
Lesson 27 - String Arrangements and Singers - w/VIDEO
Lesson 28 - Final Self Assessment: Five Test Pieces For MIDI Mockups - w/VIDEO


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Professional Orchestration’s Writing For Strings Lite Edition is for those already owning any of the Professional Orchestration™ bundles containing Professional Orchestration Volume 1 and the Spectrotone Chart™ (or have purchased both items separately), which are required for the course.

Writing For Strings is a far reaching string writing course for 21st Century writers 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-up applications.

To start, you get 28 Lessons plus 19 Video Lectures over 30 multi-part videos.

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 Strings Position Booklet so you can work out just how playable your parts are.

And to learn what strings sound like unedited, we’ve included live student recordings of the low, medium, high and very high ranges for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

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.

Simply put, Writing For Strings Lite Edition gives you so much for so little in this common sense, value-priced course for learning string writing for both live performance and MIDI mock-ups. Check out the lesson list above to see all that you learn.


The Professional Orchestration™ Writing For Strings Lite Edition is for the customer who already owns Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 and the Spectrotone Chart.

Total File Download Size: 1.59GB split into 10 files, the largest of which is 274MB.

Materials Included (Digital Download)
1. 28 lessons with 4-color graphics. On print-out 135 pages of text!

2. Videos matching key lessons.

3. String Positions PDF booklet in 4-color for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

4. Live student recordings of string ranges for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

5. 21 PDF study scores – On print-out, over 500 pages of scores

6. Links to YouTube videos of most included study scores to see and visualize string bowings.

These two videos from YouTube support scores included with Writing For Strings.

Sample YouTube Videos For Writing For Strings Course
These two videos from YouTube support scores included with the Writing For Strings course.

Daniel Barenboim Conducts the Chicago Symphony performing the 3rd Movement (Pizzicato Movement) of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony.

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Mozart String Quartet #14 in G Major

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Writing for Strings, 4th Edition, offers a comprehensive resource to the orchestration student, rich with detailed string techniques, QuickTime examples, some of the best scores from the classical repertoire and the opportunity to hear a recording of the examples played in context by a real orchestra. A must have!
Patrick de Caumette
Berklee Alumnus

The huge amount of study scores and recordings that are included at this price and the very clear and detailed explanations make this a no brainer in my opinion for anyone looking to acquire this knowledge.
Paul Thomson
Bournemouth University, UK


Q. Do I need either a sequencing program or notation program to do this course?
A. No, you can do all the work in a notebook and by working at the piano. But you'll get more out of it when using either a sequencing or notation program.

Q. Where can I get a low cost string library if I don't own one?
A. If you have the full version of Kontakt, a starting VSL string library is included. If you have Logic, there's also a starting VSL library in the EXS24 listing. Strings are also included in Finale, Notion, and Sibelius. We highly recommend EW QLSO Gold to get started.

Q. Do I need LASS or Hollywood Strings Diamond since you're covering divisi writing?
A. Divisi writing is covered because this is written as a second semester college orchestration course and must be covered as part of the training. But no, you don't need a library with divisi to take advantage of the course.

Q. I'm using a notation program not a sequencing program. Is the library I have good enough for the homework? Do you recommend any library?
A. Use what you have. Our teaching experience the past three years with the online mentoring course has been that QLSO Gold is a great starting point since it enables you to put your focus on scoring and only setting volume levels. QLSO Gold has free Sibelius soundsets.

Q. How much MIDI mock-up information is covered?
A. A great deal, especially in the videos. At minimum, there are 17 score excerpts for you to create MIDI mock-ups. Then there are the scores I've created for the final lesson, which if used in the classroom could be your final project.

Q. Am I required to write and turn in original scoring assignments?
A. No. You're encouraged to take the compositional insights you learn in each lesson and create an original 1-2 minute work applying what you've learned. But you don't turn it in.

Q. If this was an actual college class, what would its value be?
A. Great question. When a second semester orchestration class is offered, it's usually a string writing class valued at 2 credit hours. Whether at a state school or private college, the minimum cost per credit hour I've seen for a four year school with a music degree program is $250 up to $1250 per credit hour. So depending on the school, the course value would be approximately $500 to $2500.

Q. Is that true for a U.S. community college?
A. On general principle, a two-year community college is not permitted to compete by offering courses equal to the junior-senior year in a four-year school. The typical credit hour cost I've seen is $125. So if Writing For Strings was offered at a local community college, from what I've seen, its value would be $250 plus the cost of the class materials.

Q. I'm producing mostly hip-hop, dance, Gospel, etc. Will this course help me?
A. Yes. The technique of string writing works with all styles. Part of your creative process is taking what you've learned and applying it to your music.