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Practical Counterpoint

Practical Counterpoint teaches your real-world counterpoint that you can use in your music right away. This is not a bunch of dry, outdated rules but usable, creative steps to mastery of both counterpoint and the creative process for any style of music.

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For many, counterpoint is an outdated maze of inflexible rules meant for fugues and canons that has little to do with modern day composition.


But nothing could be further from the truth.

The way you teach the course is WAY more accessible than the old-school texts teach it. So thank you!
~ Paulo Rego

Think about this: music is made of lines, and those lines relate to each other through intervals, register, rhythm and contour. That’s music! And that’s what counterpoint is.

Counterpoint is at the very heart of compositional skill and one of the most important things to learn.

“Practical Counterpoint” gives you the tools and steps to master the techniques of counterpoint. To master the writing of lines and their relationship to each other, to master the rules and your creative process and to do this in a way that applies to your music.

BEYOND THE RULES

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With Practical Counterpoint you get clear guides and explanations that give immediate clarity and results, not an endless stream of rigid rules to follow.

The Old Rules are still looked at though, this is a serious and thorough course. But those Old Rules are covered as we write, and reviewed in small groups so you are never inundated with them.

And we assess the rules to understand their musical effect so we can decide on how or if to use them.

We master the rules, not the other way around!

The rules, the ones we care about anyway, are a manifestation of things to make sense, musical sense to us as people, as human beings. Rules come from the music and explain the music, they give us tools to learn it. It’s not the other way around, arbitrary rules did not create music! – Alain

REAL WORLD WRITING

…so full of information I have to pause the video every 30 seconds to take notes. 
~ Matt Clarke

sc_pc_screengrab_13We are not in the renaissance! Counterpoint skills are for nearly any type of writing.

And so, the on-screen counterpoint writing demonstrations are in a
variety of styles to show how to apply the tools in this course to any musical situation
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Many of the examples in the nearly 5 hours of video lessons are in styles that could be at home in a film score. And you exercises are given for you to explore various styles with counterpoint.

Video: examples of the variety in writing in this course.

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BUILD REAL, USABLE SKILL

Practical Counterpoint was carefully designed to build clarity first, then ingraining the techniques through clear practice steps and then further reinforced through varied musical application.

This way, the techniques become ingrained and part of your creative musical thinking. Nothing is left to chance.

In other words: real-world, usable, flexible, applicable results.

The blueprint to mastering the tools of counterpoint is here, all you need to bring is your hard work.

BUILD CREATIVE FLUENCY

Rules and techniques need to become part of your natural creative process, like a language, and Practical Counterpoint was designed to give you the steps to get there.

It’s not because you see something that you can do it. It must be applied!

Multiple working approaches are explored and included in clearly laid out writing exercises and on-screen writing demonstrations.

All of those carefully designed and paced to build clarity when working, and also reflect a natural yet thorough way of seeing in order to build  a solid and dependable working approach.

GUIDED INTUITION

“In this course you’ll learn about something I call “Guided Intuition” (my own term). It is this synergy between your creative instinct and your grasp of counterpoint where they both work hand in hand.

It really shows you how I think and work. How logic, knowledge and intuition support each other into a fluid and powerful writing approach.

And the explanation given in this course is not only gives you insight into that process, but gives the steps for you to get there.” – Alain

CREATIVE INSIGHTS

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In the nearly 5 hour of lessons there are tons of on-screen writing demonstrations.
Every technique and every concept is demonstrated multiple times in various ways so that you end each lesson with a clear view of what you can do and ready to write.

The techniques and steps to take are all carefully explained during the many on-screen writing demonstrations, along with many valuable insights into the writing process by an experienced working composer.

 

FINAL NOTES

This course is a foundations course. It deals with the techniques of counterpoint and not forms like inventions or fugues.  It is diatonic only.

It is a perfect partner for Essential Composer Training: Foundation.

SUGGESTED PRE-REQUISITES

  • Music rudiments
  • Basic notation skills
  • Basic Harmony and Voice-leading – up to lesson 4 in Essential Composer Training

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Course Curriculum

INTRODUCTION FREE 00:03:15
FIRST SPECIES
FIRST SPECIES – PART I 00:28:03
FIRST SPECIES – PART II 00:21:32
DISSONANCES & HORN FIFTHS 00:04:46
MAKING MUSIC with FIRST SPECIES 00:24:54
SECOND SPECIES
SECOND SPECIES – PART I 00:27:58
SECOND SPECIES – PART II 00:16:51
SECOND SPECIES – PART III 00:23:16
MAKING MUSIC with SECOND SPECIES 00:13:34
COMBINING FIRST and SECOND SPECIES 00:22:15
THIRD SPECIES
THIRD SPECIES – PART I 00:18:34
THIRD SPECIES – PART II 00:24:51
COMBINING SPECIES SO FAR 00:22:41
REMAINING SPECIES & END
FOURTH SPECIES 00:11:58
FIFTH SPECIES 00:14:44
ANALYSIS and CLOSING THOUGHTS 00:07:43

Course Reviews

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    GREAT!

    This is very practical approach in this topic. Very informative. Best on counterpoint ever seen.

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    A clear and helpful modern approach on Counterpoint

    I’m going to try and keep this review brief…

    I absolutely LOVE this course! It has really helped me to become ‘unstuck’ when writing. Before, I always had to wait for inspiration to write any little thing. After the course, I am able to focus on the smaller details and relationships which then evolve into a larger idea almost on auto-pilot. The idea of the logical part of the brain ‘kickstarting’ the creative part of your brain when it doesn’t see where to go next is astounding and opens up plenty of avenues for the composer to explore which he/she perhaps didn’t see before.

    Even if you have no idea what counterpoint is I would highly recommend this course as a very fun and practical method for writing music.

    Thank you Alain!

    A+++

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Instructor Details

Alain is a composer, orchestrator, conductor and the creator of Score Club. Most recently, his score for the drama "No Letting Go" won the prestigious Accolade Award for scoring excellence. His score for "The Legend of Silk Boy" was the highest rated indie score of the year. He composed the music for the Olympic Ring Ceremony for the Canadian Olympic Committee. His credits as orchestrator and conductor, include "Elysium", "Ender's Game", "Olympus" (TV), "Dead Snow II".
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