The orchestrator is, perhaps, the most highly skilled craftsman in the music business. They work hand-in-hand with all the greatest film and game composers to create the sound, mood and energy that drives the emotion and feel in any musical and theatrical situation.
In this course, Thomas Goss, teaches you everything you need to know to orchestrate for the largest section in any orchestra: the strings. He takes you on a 3+ hour, 38-tutorial journey that covers every aspect of writing and orchestrating for this powerful symphonic ensemble.
The first half of this course is dedicated to an in-depth guide to the string section. This is where you learn the concepts and mechanics that apply to all the strings as a whole. Thomas explains the articulations, bowing mechanics, section techniques with numerous examples from live symphony orchestras and videos of individual players demonstrating each technique in the orchestrator's toolbox.
From there Thomas introduces each string section-the violins, violas, celli and double basses-and explains each group's range, character and sonic role. This is where you get to know the different sections intimately, with their strengths (and limitations) and learn how they fuse to become "The Strings."
Included in this course is Thomas' custom PDF guide, "Studying String Orchestration" which you can download via the Resource file link on the course's product page.
So join Thomas on this extraordinary symphonic journey and see how this course will inspire you to compose, arrange and orchestrate for strings!
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Alex Christodoulou wrote on November 20, 2021
I wish I had started learning orchestration with this course instead of the traditional books. You get the essential knowledge in a holistic and memorable way, and the final pdf file that guides through score reading certain works is gold. Thank you Thomas for changing the paradigm of how to learn orchestration.
Nico Loschner wrote on May 26, 2021
This work is truly amazing !! Thank you mr. Goss for such generosity
Tom wrote on May 16, 2021
Way forward. It's so good to be busy/easy. Thank you for this awesome tut.
scoplunk wrote on September 30, 2020
For those of us who are interested in orchestral literature and scoring but don't come from the symphony world, this is some of the best material I've seen. Reading about string playing techniques is fine, but I've often thought about hiring musicians myself to demonstrate the exact things that are covered in these videos. The most effective way of understanding what the players are doing is to see and hear them in action. Thats exactly what this course provides. I thought everything was well organized and clearly explained. I'm looking forward to watching the woodwind course next and I hope that the rest of the sections will be added in the future. Excellent!
Gretchen wrote on August 26, 2020
Thomas Goss's teaching, knowledge, and presentation of material is at the highest level. I get so much out of these courses, and find myself coming back many times, as they offer such a wealth of information.
Candy Chio from Macau wrote on August 16, 2020
This course should be shown to the world, very detail explanation, demonstration, score examples, notes, highlights, I am so impressed. iT IS JUST WAY BETTER than my school course :) felt loved !
Alejandro Gomez Upegui wrote on August 10, 2020
Nicholas Tham wrote on April 13, 2020
Superb clarity, flow and substance. Thank you so much!
WILLIAM B wrote on December 30, 2019
THE BEST IVE SEEN , AT FIRST I THOUGHT WAIST OF TIME BUT AS I WENT ALONG I REALIZED HOW WRONG I WAS
Marco Brasci wrote on March 13, 2019
I love the orchestral series. I am learning how to make film music. These video's are really helpful in learning all about the orchestra.
Thank you Thomas for these courses!