Posts Tagged:Music Composition lessons

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Orchestrating Piano Music

One great practice for both learning orchestration and learning composition (they are connected you know) is taking an existing piece of music for piano and experimenting with orchestration.   For a little fun, I took an original piano composition by my friend Rob Kovacs and did an orchestration.I am posting on here so you can…

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How do I proceed to learn Orchestration

The only way you are really going to learn orchestration is by a combination or “stacking” learning approaches. You will need: 1. Work with real musicians: Knock on practice room doors, and throw an excerpt on a players stand. You know all those ads you see around music school about “violin teacher available” (fill in the instrument…

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Transposing Vs. Concert Pitch Scores

Transposing scores is the most logically consistent in my opinion. One big advantage is you can see the tessitura in a much clearer way, and in my experience glean a little more insight into the mind of the players. However, as others have often stated, concert pitch (C scores) are simpler to read. The reality is…

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Shostakovich – 101

  As someone who loves most (not all) of the of the music of Shostakovich (I am fan of most Russian composers) I can offer a few points for an introduction. 1. One of the sad historical “What would have been” facts is that his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District put him in deep…

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What is “Bad Orchestration”

In the Preface to RK, he says there are 3 kinds of orchestration: – that which sounds OK at first try – that which sounds OK after much rehearsal – that which never works If you want to attain the FIRST category – a VERY good goal for a beginner – write things which “just…

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Recording Session for String Orchestra Book

For a long time I have had a goal of creating a range of educational products. Tonight I am recording the first session which will feature advance string textures and orchestration. The Georgian Sinfonietta will be the marvelous ensemble involved.  

Douglas Gibson Composer: Essence for String Quartet, Guitar, and Shakuhachi

General Principles of Orchestration | Music Composition Lessons in New York

Music Composition Lesson: Expanding Complex Sonorities

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Student Gallery: Phil Harlan

Congratulations to student Phil Harlan for releasing his single “Stabilize” You can have a listen here: Stabilize – Single by Phil Harlan


Student Gallery: Dane Scozzari

Dane has just recorded an original song for the Guitar Center song writing challenge. Good luck !  So great to see my students creating music and putting it out into the world.

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