Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Another way is to get involved with a local orchestra. Nice if you can play an instrument but there's usually plenty of admin to do. You'd be surprised how much you learn about that - ordering scores and parts, getting licenses fixed, getting the…"
Nov 15, 2019
michael diemer replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Another point: not everyone likes to study scores. Fortunately there is another way to gain insight into an instrument's range and sound: If you have a keyboard before you, either a piano or electronic one, you can use it to get a picture of where…"
Nov 14, 2019
michael diemer replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Has anyone mentioned just listening to a whole bunch of classical music? My method was to have the radio on at all times, so I was continually soaking in the sounds. Doing that and consulting good orchestration books, with a bit of score reading, is…"
Nov 14, 2019
Jerry Engelbach replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"The best book on the capabilities of instruments is probably Orchestration, by Cecil Forsyth.
This is a well-known "bible" of the playing characteristics of each instrument.
Cheers,Jer"
Nov 13, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"The way to go seems to be studying scores and learning by doing. I will definitely do both things. Also thank you for the very detailed answer, there were some things in there I didn't know yet, since I come from a Piano background and only now am…"
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"That is some very useful advise. I haven't tried doing this yet. Also being able to see the playing techniques is going to help me a lot with deciding on what I can do. I will do my research right now. I'm intrigued. Thanks a lot.
Have a nice day…"
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Thanks for the advice. I will make sure to study scores and maybe get some advice from musicians as well. With a group you mean like an orchestra or a band? It'd actually be cool to participate in such a thing. Bob Porter said:
My suggestion is…"
Jul 9, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Thanks a lot for the nice advice. I have already ordered several study scores of Beethoven and Brahms. So I will focus on working through those while listening. Thanks again. 
Have a nice day
Paul Dane Aubrun said:
Study scores. Start with easy…"
Jul 9, 2019
Jon Corelis replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"There are a lot of web sites available, almost always for free, that discuss the playing of individual instruments.  One advantage of these over books is that they often include sound or audio files or videos, so you can hear what various…"
Jul 9, 2019
Stephen Lines replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Any good book on the subject of orchestration (paper or e-book) will give you the full playing compass of individual instruments but should also provide an indication of their 'normal' playing tessitura. On many wind instruments - particularly brass…"
Jul 9, 2019
Bob Porter replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"My suggestion is forget one player playing chords for now. You've got more important things to worry about. Don't expect to start out with a major project. Maybe start with string orchestra. Then experiment adding other instruments. Just because…"
Jul 9, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"Study scores. Start with easy ones in the genre you like and get recordings of them. Follow the score line by line. Look up musical terms with which you aren't familiar and watch particularly for "articulation" signs/terms - i.e. the way the…"
Jul 8, 2019
Paul Walker replied to Paul Walker's discussion Reiterfantasie for Piano
"Thanks for the reply, well the dynamics might actually be a bit extreme, due to me working only with headphones. Sometimes the dynamicss get a bit odd, also since I never get to play the stuff myself. In my opinion it does sound okay with headphones…"
Apr 14, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Paul Walker's discussion Reiterfantasie for Piano
"Not sure what to make of it. The opening to Erlkoenig did come to mind but Schubert progresses the harmony in bar 6 (of that piece). There, the likeness stops - plus, Schubert's hammered octaves are triplets. However, it didn't come over a…"
Apr 14, 2019
Paul Walker replied to James Giddings's discussion Hello!
"Welcome to the Community James, thrilled to hear more from you!"
Dec 27, 2018
Paul Walker replied to Eirik Gisnås's discussion We're off - Orchestral soundtrack
"What am I supposed to critisize. This is just ... wow"
Dec 15, 2018
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