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  • Orchestration: Score Layout

    What’s The Score? First things first – the title should be at the top centre of page one and the name of the composer and arranger on the right. It is a good idea to indicate whether the score is transposed ... Read more…
  • Writing for Strings

    The string section consists of violins (1st & 2nd), violas, ‘cellos (or ‘celli) and double basses. There are conventions as to the ratios of instruments; e.g. a large orchestral ensemble may consist of 16 first violins, 14 seconds, 12 violas, ... Read more…
  • Orchestrating and Composing for Brass

    The Wonderful World of Brass Brass instruments are capable of great power, but also subtlety and variety, especially with the use of mutes, which are placed in the bell. The sound is produced by vibrating the lips together against the cup shaped ... Read more…
  • Orchestrating for Woodwinds

    What You Need to Know about Woodwinds Woodwinds are so called because the tone is generated by the player’s breath and originally all instruments were made of wood. The main woodwind instruments in modern western music are: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon ... Read more…
  • The Rhythm Section

    The Rhythm Section And Keyboards Rhythm section writing can be problematic, as you often want to give the player freedom to ad lib, but within certain parameters or boundaries. In addition some drum or bass patterns that are often improvised are ... Read more…



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