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!
A great course from a great teacher. This is the reason I came to this website from the first place
Gustavo Santana wrote on December 3, 2017
Excellent course! Very clear, well structured and motivating!
Dee Blackmore wrote on January 28, 2017
An excellent, well thought out course. Very useful for understanding how to write scores for theses instruments.
SHARON wrote on December 22, 2016
Excellent class. not too intimidating for a beginner. Makes me wanna know more.
Zac wrote on May 6, 2016
This course was inspiring to say the least. Very well covered in all areas and easy to understand. Really glad that I took this course, it has been a huge help to my recent compositions :D
Anders wrote on March 4, 2016
A great series and I am eagerly awaiting new tutorials on this topic. My only complaint is that 102 Wind Orchestration was worded in a drier and more long-winded way. It also spent a *lot* of time talking about wind acoustics and not as much about score reading or functionality. I still can't wait to see any new tutorials on this topic!
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. wrote on October 31, 2015
An amazing in depth look at Orchestration utilizing the String Section with host, Thomas Goss. It provokes the viewer's cognitive and emotional framework, in order to develop the musician as well as to inspire them.
Mehmet wrote on September 3, 2015
This was amazing, but when are you going to release the rest of this series? (Winds, Brass, Percussion, Keyboard) It would be a shame if you put the development of this series on hold.
Jono wrote on July 21, 2015
I bought this course last night and slowly working my way through it. It is amazing and can't wait to get through it followed by all the next parts in the series.
Well worth the money!
Tyler wrote on May 10, 2015
This course was very well outlined. It was set up very similar to my college orchestration class, but in a much clearer way. The use of multiple different recordings and professional musicians was an awesome supplement to this course. You even went above and beyond with the amazing resource files you created to help with continual study. I cannot thank you enough!