Orchestration 1: Compose Orchestral Music for Strings
4.5 (882 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
5,037 students enrolled

Orchestration 1: Compose Orchestral Music for Strings

Learn to write for orchestral instruments properly and unleash the epic power of the orchestra in your work
4.5 (882 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
5,037 students enrolled
Created by Karleen Heong
Last updated 8/2019
English
English [Auto], Indonesian [Auto], 4 more
  • Polish [Auto]
  • Portuguese [Auto]
  • Romanian [Auto]
  • Thai [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
5 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
This course includes
  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What you'll learn
  • Compose and orchestrate for the strings
  • Make complex and well informed orchestration decisions
  • Instrumentation, limitations, strengths and weaknesses of each stringed instrument and each string itself
  • Understand in great detail string articulations and techniques
  • How to analyse and dissect string works and pieces for study
  • How to make a piano reduction from an orchestrated score
Requirements
  • Basic composing knowledge
  • Knowing how to read music is recommended but not essential
Description

It's time to learn orchestration and use the massive sound of the orchestra in your compositions, while fully knowing what you are doing!

Do you want to use the power of the orchestra in your compositions? Do you want that big and full orchestral sound, but aren't sure where to begin? Ever fiddled around with orchestral plugins, without truly knowing how to actually write for the instrument?

Orchestration is much more than just selecting a VST and blindly composing away. There are many things you need to consider as the orchestrator. 

How do you make this line stand out? Which instrument should you select to play the melody, which technique for the chords and harmony? How do you make this section softer without actually writing pianissimo?

Orchestration is the art of blending instruments and their techniques together. It is about careful selection of techniques, taking into consideration the instrument's natural strengths and weaknesses, tone and timbre. Which string should be used to play a mellow part, what articulation will achieve the lightest accompaniment?

Orchestration often seems like a complicated and daunting topic, but it doesn't have to be. This course will simplify things down and take you by the hand in learning orchestration and instrumentation.

Orchestration and Instrumentation are two topics that go hand in hand, and we'll be studying both.

We will learn every articulation and technique available for the stringed instruments, with colourful examples to help you remember everything. You will hear audio samples and see the notation for each technique as we get fully acquainted with all the articulations the string family has to offer.


We will be studying real orchestral scores from the great composers so you can see the concepts and techniques in action, analyse and break them down.

Finally, in the practical section of the course we will go step-by-step and you will compose and orchestrate your own full composition for strings.

By the end of this course, you will understand the string family completely and be able to analyse string works, use any string articulation and technique in your compositions, know how to orchestrate for strings, all the while composing through an orchestrator's perspective.

At the end of the course series you will be able to fully write for orchestra and use each of the four families: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion.

The Orchestra is a powerful tool, an essential tool in the arsenal of the composer or producer. Don't limit yourself by not being able to properly compose for orchestra. 

Let's begin learning orchestration today, starting with the strings, and you will become a proficient orchestrator and orchestral music composer in no time.



Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn to compose orchestral music
  • Anyone who wants to learn orchestration and instrumentation
  • Composers and producers wanting to incorporate orchestral elements into their music
  • Anyone interested in the string family and its capabilities
Course content
Expand all 97 lectures 10:59:51
+ Introduction to Orchestration
6 lectures 26:16

Discover what you will learn in each section with this course breakdown.

Preview 05:08

Learn what you will need to be able to take this course.

Preview 02:23

Learn the 6 step process to go from nothing to a completed orchestration.

Preview 05:34

Find out what the most important concept in orchestration is.

The Most Important Orchestration Concept: 3-Layer Model
07:29

Test your orchestration listening skills!

Identify the 3 layers in this orchestration Piano Reduction
05:40

Test your knowledge of the topics in this section.

Section 1 Quiz
3 questions

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 1 Review Material
00:02
+ The Strings and the Orchestra
7 lectures 39:56

Learn the difference between instrumentation and orchestration.

The Difference between Orchestration and Instrumentation
04:40

Learn the key differences between composing for a real orchestra and a virtual orchestra.

Orchestrating for Real Players Vs. the Computer
06:50

Learn all about orchestral libraries and string libraries and decide which one is best for you.

Orchestral Sample Libraries and String Libraries
09:28

An in depth look into the entire orchestra.

The Orchestra: First Detailed Look
08:29

Learn about the four members of the string family in full detail.

String Family Instrument Characteristics
07:21

Learn and hear the sound differences between the four stringed instruments.

String Family Sound Characteristics
03:06

Test your knowledge of what we've learned in this section.

Section 2 Quiz
5 questions

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 2 Review Material
00:02
+ String Articulations and Techniques
22 lectures 02:04:27

What we will learn in section 3.

Section 3 Introduction
01:52

A chart of all the string articulations.

String Articulation Chart
00:11

How do musicians play a stringed instrument?

Fingering Technique and Hand Positions
09:03

How does a string player use the bow?

How Bowing works on a Stringed Instrument
08:34

Learn the basic bowed articulations.

Bowed Articulations: Detache, Legato, Loure
06:15

Learn the difference between these (often confused) slide techniques.

Portamento Vs. Glissando: The Difference
08:19

Test your knowledge for the first third of this section.

Section 3 Mid-Section Quiz
5 questions

Learn the different types of staccato on the strings.

Preview 04:26

Learn the types of stress and accent articulations.

Accents, Marcato, Martele
04:06

Test your knowledge of on-the-string techniques.

On the String Articulation Writing Exercise
03:32

Learn the various kinds of spiccato techniques.

Types of Spiccato
08:12

Learn all about the 'thrown' string techniques.

Thrown Techniques: Jete, Saltando, Sautille
06:44

Best practices when writing string articulations.

Articulation Tip: Give your players freedom!
05:32

Learn about trills and the types of tremolo.

Trills and Tremolo
08:44

Learn all about the various types of pizzicato.

All the Kinds of Pizzicato
07:42

Test your knowledge of the middle part of this section.

Section 3 Mid-Section Quiz 2
7 questions

Discover how mutes are used.

Mutes and Sordino
04:06

Learn some interesting bowing techniques to create artistic effects.

Interesting Bow Techniques: Col Legno, Sul Tasto, Ponticello
04:59

What are harmonics, how do they work and how are they used?

Natural Harmonics
08:53

Learn how artificial harmonics work on the strings.

Artificial Harmonics
04:41

More string articulation terms and interesting techniques.

Sul, Vibrato, Scordatura, Bariolage
08:32

How do multiple stops work and how to use them.

Multiple Stops
06:02

Exceptionally interesting ways to produce sound from a stringed instrument.

Contemporary String Techniques
04:00

Test your knowledge for the last third of this section.

Section 3 End of Section Quiz
5 questions

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 3 Review Material
00:02
+ String Articulations in Real Music Scores (Case Studies)
13 lectures 01:11:23

What we will learn in section 4.

Section 4 Introduction
03:29

Learn how a orchestral score is laid out.

Orchestral Score Order
06:20

Find out where to get completely legal orchestral scores.

Where to Find Orchestral Scores Legally
03:15

What we will learn from studying Bartok's string quartet.

Bartok String Quartet 4: IV Intro
03:09

An in depth analysis of string articulations in Bartok's String Quartet 4 Movement 4.

Bartok String Quartet 4: IV Articulation Analysis
10:41

Analysis of string articulations in string composition, Aase's Death.

Grieg - Aase's Death Articulation Analysis
04:35

An in depth look at the articulations found in Bartok's String Quartet 4 Movement 2.

Bartok String Quartet 4: II Articulation Analysis Part 1
09:14

An in depth look at the articulations found in Bartok's String Quartet 4 Movement 2.

Bartok String Quartet 4: II Articulation Analysis Part 2
06:54

Learn the full potential of the strings' capabilities through techniques in this violin concerto.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor: I Articulation Analysis Part 1
08:24

Learn the full potential of the strings' capabilities through techniques in this violin concerto.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor: I Articulation Analysis Part 2
07:43

Test yourself by identifying these string articulations by ear.

Identify this Articulation - Challenge!
04:02

Learn the boundary-breaking ways of using the strings with unconventional scoring and articulations.

Contemporary Techniques - Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
03:35

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 4 Review Material
00:02
+ Individual Stringed Instruments - Special Characteristics
8 lectures 49:15

What we will cover in Section 5

Section 5 Introduction
01:29

Learn important characteristics specific to the violin's sound.

Violin Special Characteristics
09:23

Learn important characteristics specific to the viola's sound.

Viola Special Characteristics
10:03

Learn how the viola works with other orchestral instruments

Viola Orchestration and Blending Capabilities
04:56

Learn important characteristics specific to the cello's sound.

Cello Special Characteristics and Orchestration
09:36

Learn important characteristics specific to the double bass's sound.

Double Bass Special Characteristics
08:20

Learn the double bass's limitations and how to use it when orchestrating.

Double Bass Orchestration Considerations and Limitations
05:26

Test your knowledge for this section of the course.

Section 5 Quiz
5 questions

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 5 Review Material
00:02
+ Orchestration Techniques Revealed - How Exactly to Score
11 lectures 01:33:58

What we will learn in this section of the course.

Section 6 Introduction
01:04

Learn the importance of texture in orchestration.

Texture - The Mindset of an Orchestrator
06:28

Learn the importance of colour in orchestration.

Colour - The Tool of an Orchestrator
03:05

Learn the variety of techniques to approach scoring a melody line for orchestra

Different Ways to Score a Melody for Orchestra
15:14

Learn different ways to score background material for your melody

How to Score Countermelodies and Background
10:43

Learn how to translate a chord to the many instrument parts of an orchestral piece

How to Score Chords for Orchestra
13:38

Learn where and how to place the important lines in your orchestrations.

Scoring the Main Melody - How to Score Important Lines
12:34

Learn how to use doubling and musical textures in different scenarios to enhance your orchestrations.

How to Create Textures 1: Doubling
12:31

Learn about homophony and its subcategories and how to use it in your orchestrations.

How to Create Textures 2: Homophony
07:21

Learn how polyphonic textures work and the difference between polyphony, contrapuntal and counterpoint.

How to Create Textures 3: Polyphony
11:18

Test your knowledge of this section.

Section 6 Quiz
4 questions

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 6 Review Material
00:02
+ Orchestration Analysis of Real Music Scores (Case Studies)
9 lectures 01:11:10

Discover what we will learn in this section of the course.

Section 7 Introduction
05:57

Test your orchestration knowledge by analysing Beethoven's string quartet.

Beethoven String Quartet 14: VII Orchestration Analysis Part 1
10:31

Test your orchestration knowledge by analysing Beethoven's string quartet.

Beethoven String Quartet 14: VII Orchestration Analysis Part 2
07:10

Study orchestration techniques used in this string work.

Schubert Death and the Maiden: II Orchestration Analysis Part 1
10:35

Study orchestration techniques used in this string work.

Schubert Death and the Maiden: II Orchestration Analysis Part 2
12:57

Study orchestration techniques used in this string symphony.

Mendelssohn String Symphony 7: I Intro
04:17

Study orchestration techniques used in this string symphony.

Mendelssohn String Symphony 7: I Orchestration Analysis Part 1
11:20

Study orchestration techniques used in this string symphony.

Mendelssohn String Symphony 7: I Orchestration Analysis Part 2
08:21

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 7 Review Material
00:02
+ COURSE PROJECT: Compose and Orchestrate Your Own Composition For Strings
19 lectures 03:01:39

What we will cover in this practical section of the course.

Section 8 Introduction
04:32

Learn how to create a piano reduction from an orchestral score using a quick method.

How to Make a Piano Reduction (Quick & Easy Way)
08:30

How to reduce a full score into a piano reduction using a more thorough way.

How to Make a Piano Reduction (Thorough Way)
09:53

Get an idea of what you will go for in your string composition.

Briefly Plan Your String Composition
03:19

Start generating ideas for your string orchestration/composition.

Compose the Basic Idea for Your String Composition
06:16

Make a plan for your orchestration and how it will develop using articulations and textures to express your musical ideas.

Thinking and Planning Your Orchestration
08:44

Learn 3 different ways to compose and orchestrate your composition based on your compositional idea.

Scoring Methods Workshop – How to Approach Scoring your Composition
05:13

Compose the melody for your orchestral piece.

Write the Melody
06:43

Compose a countermelody for your orchestral piece.

Write the Countermelody
10:59

Compose the background accompaniment for your orchestral piece.

Write the Background Material
16:58

Learn how to prepare your mind before orchestrating your piano reduction.

Mental Preparation Before Orchestration
09:13

Using your piano reduction, it's time to create your orchestration!

Orchestrate Your Piece: Part 1
15:43

Using your piano reduction, it's time to create your orchestration!

Orchestrate Your Piece: Part 2
13:51

Using your piano reduction, it's time to create your orchestration!

Orchestrate Your Piece: Part 3
14:34

Produce your orchestration in a digital audio workstation for professional audio quality. This lecture deals with recording and editing in the MIDI notes of your orchestration.

DAW Orchestration Part 1: Record MIDI Data
12:06

Learn different ways to use keyswitching and changing articulations. We also fix timing issues from real time MIDI recording.

DAW Orchestration Part 2: Keyswitches
16:36

Learn what MIDI CC's are and exactly what MIDI Expression (CC11) is and how you can use it to achieve realism in your MIDI orchestrations. 

DAW Orchestration Part 3: MIDI Expression CC 11
12:50
DAW Orchestration Part 4: Post-Production
05:37

Download the PDF slides used in this section.

Section 8 Review Material
00:02
+ Course Wrap Up
2 lectures 01:46

What to do after finishing the course.

What to do next
00:50
BONUS LECTURE: Continue with Orchestration 2!
00:56