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A Practical Handbook: Workbook Only
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A Practical Handbook: Workbook Only

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In each of the three volumes in the series, From Piano to Strings, From Piano to Woodwinds, and From Piano to Orchestra, you learn 13 broad techniques using the Reference Chart of Keyboard Idioms for turning piano parts into full scale string ensembles. Each example contains the original part and the string ensemble orchestration above it along with text explaining the background to the orchestration.

The Workbook, which is used with all three volumes, follows the same exact approach. You're given dozens of examples, the majority of which have been recorded on piano and exported as MP3s available separtely here: MIDI/Audio Examples, so the Learner, regardless of piano skill, can hear the example and get the sound into their musical imagination.

The student then takes the example and scores it for the appropriate section. Ideally, the student will record his or her work using either a sequencing program with a quality string library or a notation program that comes with a string library.

The homework examples are organized as follows:

1. Broken Intervals
2. Broken Chords
3. Melodic Lines and Figurations
4. Implied Bass Parts
5. Single-Note, Interval, Chord Repetitions
6. Two- and Three-Part Music
7. Spacing Problems in the Middle Register
8. Contrast Problems Conditioned by Dynamics
9. Voice Leading
10. Obbligato or Added Secondary Parts Arranged From Harmonic Progressions
11. Antiphonal Effects
12. Tremolo Types
13. Dance Forms


Professional Orchestration: A Practical Handbook can be studied either individually or in a class setting. As mentioned earlier, the student is encouraged to do the homework exercises either with a professional sequencer and string library or a notation program with string program.

Because of marketplace demands, it's recommended the Workbook homework examples be done with a sequencing program so that the student also gains the benefit of learning how to record and mix their work, along with building their MIDI mock-up skills.

When done in this manner, the Professional Orchestration: A Practical Handbook series becomes the first serious method at either the individual level or academically to cover orchestration, transcription, recording and mixing in every single homework exercise.

Study Approach
First, you study the examples by category in the main text (Click here for From Piano to Strings), which are organized by specific scoring techniques. Each piano excerpt in the main book is recorded for you in downloadable MP3s available for separate purchase here: MIDI/Audio Examples Package. Listen, then study. You’re encouraged to record each book example on your own to better build your skills in MIDI editing and recording.

Second, go to this workbook which has piano excerpts organized by the techniques covered in the book. Listen to the recorded MP3 example (available here: MIDI/Audio Examples Package), then begin scoring the example by the specific technique taught. When scoring examples, be aware that there are many solutions, not just one right “academic” answer. Depending on your level of expertise, you should be able to work out no less than 6-12 different solutions. The “right one” is the one that works best.

Once you’ve scored your examples, record them using either the orchestral package that comes with your notation program, or by doing a MIDI mockup using your sequencing program, which also builds your recording skills.

How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite
To further enhance your studies, also available from Alexander Publishing is our own newly engraved score with piano part at the bottom of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite to show how Ravel went from piano to orchestra. This book also includes an analysis of each movement, essays, and the complete short story that each movement was based on.

Click here for How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite - Print Edition
Click here for How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite - Downloadable PDF Edition

Video Demo

In these four videos, watch Peter Alexander, author of the Professional Orchestration™ Series, demonstrate how to learn with From Piano to Strings.

Part 1

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