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Orchestration: String

  • Exploring Woodwind Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Reviewing Ranges and Clefs of Woodwind Instruments
  • Composing a Woodwind Quintet Excerpt

Orchestration: String

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:07
  • Bowed Strings: Violin 0:25
    • Range of the Violin
    • Techniques
  • Bowed String: Viola 1:44
    • Different Clef
    • Range of the Viola
    • Open Strings
    • What Are Open Strings?
  • Bowed Strings: Cello 3:40
    • Range of the Cello
    • Open Strings
    • Knowing Your Open Strings
    • Crossing Strings
  • Bowed Strings: Double Bass 5:09
    • Range
    • Open Strings
    • How Bowed Strings Instruments Work
    • Plucked Strings: Guitar
    • Bowed String Techniques Played
    • Range of the Guitar
    • Let's Have A Listen
    • Classical Guitar Is A Lot Of Melodic Plucking
    • Spanish Guitar Is A Lot of Chord Strumming
    • 6-12 Strings
  • Plucked Strings: Orchestral Harp 9:58
    • Versatility of the Harp
    • Percussion Instrument
    • Range of the Orchestral Harp
  • Example I: String Quartet Violin 1 10:58
  • Example II: String Quartet Violin 2 12:30
  • Example III: String Quartet Viola 14:15
  • Example IV: String Quartet Cello 15:37
  • Example V: Writing for Guitar Tablature 16:58
  • Example VI: Chord Symbols for Guitar 18:27