Orchestrating the Line

Designed to take what you learn in orchestration textbooks and give you the tools, techniques and clear steps to harness your knowledge of orchestration so you can create detailed, organic and fluid orchestration like the greats: Ravel, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Korngold and John Williams.

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Have you studied orchestration but need a way to get your orchestrations sounding like those of Ravel, Rimsky, Korngold and John Williams? This is exactly what “Orchestrating the Line” was designed for.


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Thank you again for the amazing orchestration course! Changed my whole perspective about orchestration. Never has any course improved my perspective and affected my work as quick as your courses!

Simon B.

Many composers have expressed the same concern to me over the years: “I have studied orchestration, but my orchestrations still sound basic and always the same.”

So many want to be able to write like the greats, but clearly knowing your instrument ranges and chord voicings is not enough.

What did the great composers do? What techniques did they use? What steps did they take? How did they consistently work at that level? Is it just genius or can anyone learn this?

This is what “Orchestrating the Line” is for: to take your knowledge of orchestration and give you clear steps, tools, techniques and insights so you can create orchestrations like the masters.

You know the type of writing I mean; writing that seems to jump off the page and sounds so natural and organic, like all those notes are part of a puzzle and the orchestra seems to breathe together like a giant living thing.


I would buy this for just the very first video. Absolute gold! If you’re serious about your craft, get this.

Gregory D. Moore

master the Masters

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Through nearly four hours of video lessons, “Orchestrating the Line” breaks down the techniques of the masters in a logical progression with clear explanations so you can master them one at a time and make them part of your musical language!

The techniques are then linked together in logical steps that follow and enhance the natural creative flow.

Real World Writing

And what you will learn here is not an academic exercise but exactly how I think and work built from my own study of the masters! That’s what I am sharing with you.

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I demo every concept and technique on-screen in real-time
and at the end of the course I take you through the entire process!

Secret of the masters

“Orchestrating the Line” focuses  on the central element: the musical line. This is the secret to what the masters did! Seems so simple, and in some ways it is, and yet it is the most overlooked aspect of orchestration and the most important!

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So in this course every technique and concept covered does exactly that: you will learn to build a full orchestration from a single musical line on the main layer.

Future ScoreClub courses will complement this course and tackle middleground background elements such: orchestral textures, orchestral counterpoint, accompaniment, runs and more…


Just the sort of information that books on orchestration DON'T have...this course is really much more about turning an idea into a fully fleshed out orchestral section. I really think it's vital.

Ed Buller

“Orchestrating the Line” is not a basic orchestration class and does not deal with instrument ranges, playing techniques and chord voicings. This is knowledge you should have as you embark on this course and learn to harness that knowledge into melody-based

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orchestration like Ravel, Rimsky Korsakovm Mussorgsky, Dukas, Korngold and John Williams!

RESULT DRIVEN

 ScoreClub is about building skills and treating music as a language in order to achieve mastery. The courses are all designed to go far beyond simply presentation, but aim for you to gain a full understanding and the steps and approach for you to ingrain that knowledge into your creative flow, and make it part of your language.

COURSE FEATURES

  • Techniques from basic to advanced are clearly explained and demonstrated so orchestrators of every level can benefit
  • Take a melody from its initial conception to a fully orchestrated line
  • Specific steps to apply orchestration knowledge
  • Carefully paced and logical presentation of the techniques
  • Tips, tricks and insights on writing using shortscore
  • Real-time on screen writing demonstrations with commentary to reinforce the techniques and conceptsPresented using hand writing and shortscore.
  • Designed to support and enhance a natural creative flow
  • Orchestration and arranging tools and formulas to use in your writing right away
  • Gain valuable insights into the creative and working process from a working professional
  • Move beyond observation to an understanding of the reasons behind the great orchestrators’ decisions

SUGGESTED PRE REQUISITES

  • Music rudiments
  • Knowledge of notation and reading
  • Basic harmony and part writing (like Essential Composer here)
  • Basic orchestration knowledge (timbre, ranges, voicings etc…)

ScoreClub Features

  • Private student dashboard
  • Lifetime access, including all future updates to the course
  • Access to private student-only forum

Course Curriculum

PRELIMINARIES
How to Get the Most from this Course 00:10:00
Initial thoughts & First Steps 00:14:37
BUILDING THE MAIN SOUND
THE UNISON 00:17:01
THE THREE TYPES of OCTAVES 00:09:54
THICKENING 00:22:45
COMBINING OCTAVES & THICKENING 00:21:45
SHAPING THE PHRASE
SHAPING the DYNAMICS 00:15:15
ACCENTING 00:19:04
PERCUSSION & MOVEMENT 00:14:14
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
FROM SHORT SCORE to FULL SCORE 00:20:15
OVER the SHOULDER No.1 00:21:30
OVER the SHOULDER No.2 00:16:36
OVER the SHOULDER No.3 00:15:21
APPROACH to ANALYSIS 00:20:56

Course Reviews

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  1. Very good course!

    5

    Please make more orchestration courses!!

  2. Thank You

    5

    Sometimes it’s the simple explanations that help the most. A good teacher can simplify, and Alain is a good teacher. If you could spend a day with John Williams, you would learn a lot. Since that won’t happen in this life (most likely), watching a talented WORKING orchestral composer (over the shoulder) is the next best thing. Music creation is a personal journey, but there are guiding principles to learn!

  3. Brilliant!!

    5

    This is not an orchestration course, it is much more of that!
    We can find all we need technically in many wonderful books but here an accomplished musician shares his experience and expertise in a great way. Music is everywhere in this course, I mean Real Music far away from “tips and tricks”. ( sorry for my english)

  4. A focused, well-presented and inspiring course

    5

    I saw this advertised on Vi-Control and decided to give it a go. I’m very happy I did, as I found the course to be brilliantly presented, very practical and inspiring. There’s a great cumulative effect with each progressive lesson of ‘oh – there’s that idea/technique/rule again!’ so when I reached the end of the course, score-reading suddenly seemed like a much more focused and clear exercise. I’d love to see an ‘orchestrating the supporting elements’ course in a similar style!

  5. Eye opening

    5

    As with all of Alain’s courses, I had to pause every 30 seconds to take notes and absorb everything being said. Every minute is packed with eye opening, actionable content. Definitely recommended.

  6. Outstanding!

    5

    Even after working as a professional composer for over a decade, I took away insights form this course that have added an entirely new layer of subtlety and depth to my music.

  7. Thanks for your efforts

    3

    I respect Alain for his efforts towards educating people. I myself prefered to see more emphasis on Brass/Strings and their accurate combinations in a detailed manner with different harmonic situations.
    Also using more serious motifs rather than teenager style harry potter stuff will help serious musicians to focus more on the lesons in the learning process.
    I try to learn everything from everyone, so I cannot say that Alain lessons were not benefitial to me. Thanks for it

  8. Orchestration from a Music Teacher

    5

    A brilliant series and such wonderful insights. Alain has captured the art of scoring and analysing composition. As a music educator and teacher of student level composers it is clear that Alain has a gift for explaining complex ideas with clear examples and creative suggestions. Thank you for this course and all the others I am learning from. Your points on Analysis are fantastic.

About Alain Mayrand

Alain is a working composer, orchestrator, conductor and orchestrator. His credits include "Elysium", "Ender's Game" and more.

Read more about Alain on the About Page

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