Orchestration Journey 3 – Strings – Elgar’s Nimrod

The string section is the most used groups in the orchestra. For one thing, they don’t need to rest an embouchure, and the expressive quality of the strings is versatile so they get a lot of play time. If the look of 20 staves on a page all at once feels daunting to you thenContinue reading “Orchestration Journey 3 – Strings – Elgar’s Nimrod”

Orchestration Journey 2 – Score Reading

After doing a lot of deep listening, the next step to familiarizing yourself with the orchestral instrumental palette is to read. Find scores of works you can listen to and read along with. I’ve found a wealth of free digital scores at these two sites: IMSLP , free-scores IMSLP has a ton of public domainContinue reading “Orchestration Journey 2 – Score Reading”

Orchestration Journey – 1 Listen to the Instruments

Learn from listening, that’s the most basic principle in a musical education: listen. Knowing how each instrument sounds is imperative to orchestration. As you listen to recordings, start identifying what instruments you hear. On a basic level get the sounds split into the major instrument families, is it a wind? is it a string? FromContinue reading “Orchestration Journey – 1 Listen to the Instruments”

Orchestration Journey – 0 Introduction

The word orchestration typically makes people think of a symphonic orchestra setting; strings, winds, brass, percussion in a large scale way. The skill to orchestrate for this kind of group is an awesome skill to develop; I also think that we can use the term to apply to ensembles of all different varieties. You canContinue reading “Orchestration Journey – 0 Introduction”

Music Creator Blog

I have this new website, perfect for letting all interested parties know what kind of music I create and a little about who I am and what I do. That’s great, it’s just what I needed, but I can also publish regular posts and updates in blog format, and that gives me the opportunity exploreContinue reading “Music Creator Blog”