proforch01webProfessional Orchestration Vol. 1:
Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes
By Peter Lawrence Alexander
804 pps, Ill., $69.95 Book Only
ISBN-13: 978-0939067701

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Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the first volume in the Professional Orchestration Series and is used as the first semester volume for college courses in orchestration.

Professional Orchestration is the first multi-volume series in orchestration from an American publisher that teaches the devices and orchestral combinations, which before now, have only been known by a privileged few. It’s also the first orchestration series designed to be studied with music technology software programs where the examples can be recreated and played back by the Learner for deeper understanding and application to what they’re writing.

How to Get the Most Out of Professional Orchestration Volume 1
When used as a standalone title, you learn the ranges of the instruments in the low, medium, high and very high registers with full page/full score examples supporting each technique. Through score analysis, you learn dozens of compositional techniques for scoring with solo and soli instruments.

Instrumentation notes. Professional Orchestration is the first and only orchestration book to have its Instrumentation Notes edited and checked by leading musicians of the Hollywood studio recording community.

The first orchestration method to be designed for use with music technology – Because of its full page/full score example format, you can deepen your understanding of the techniques by keying them into leading notation programs like Finale, Notion or Sibelius which come with built-in orchestral players. You can equally build vitally needed MIDI mock-up and audio recording skills by keying the examples into leading sequencing programs like Cubase, Digital Performer, GarageBand, Apple Logic, and Sonar.

Whether used on your own or within a class, Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes is the orchestration book to have in your library.

Foreword – By Emmy Award Winning Composer Bruce Broughton

Summary Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – String Section Overview
Chapter 2 – The Violin : Basic Information
Chapter 3 – The Viola : Basic Information
Chapter 4 – The Cello : Basic Information
Chapter 5 – The String Bass : Basic Information
Chapter 6 – Bowings, Effects, & Bowing Effects
Chapter 7 – String Stops
Chapter 8 – Divisi
Chapter 9 – Muted Strings
Chapter 10 – Pizzicato
Chapter 11 – Natural and Artificial Harmonics
Chapter 12 – Woodwind Basics
Chapter 13 – The Flute
Chapter 14 – The Piccolo
Chapter 15 – The Oboe
Chapter 16 – The English Horn
Chapter 17 – The Clarinet
Chapter 18 – The Bass Clarinet
Chapter 19 – The Bassoon
Chapter 20 – The Contrabassoon
Chapter 21 – Brass Basics
Chapter 22 – The Bb Trumpet
Chapter 23 – The Tenor and Bass Trombones
Chapter 24 – The Tubas
Chapter 25 – The French Horn
Chapter 26 – The Harp
Chapter 27 – Piano, Organ, Celeste, & Virtual Orchestra
Chapter 28 – The Percussion Section

Available for separate purchase are our expanded edition bundles which contain the Professional Mentor workbook, the Spectrotone Chart, and over 15 hours of recorded music covering a majority of the works included in Volume 1 and 2A, and courtesy of composer Jay Bacal and the Vienna Symphonic Library, 13 MP3s and MIDI files demonstrating how to do MIDI mockups for each orchestral instrument. This package is designed for both class and private use. Using the Professional Mentor, you’ll create 13 solo works running two-minutes in length. The Professional Mentor is your guide for learning score analysis and MIDI mockup skills using our Recording Workshop section. This package is a digital download only and is only available at

The Concert Package, also available for separate purchase, is a downloadable MP3 package that provides an average concert of 20-minutes for each solo instrument.

The Professional Orchestration Sketchbooks are A4 sized, 16-staves, available in unruled or pre-ruled editions.