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Orchestration: How to Write for an Orchestra

“It is assumed that, if you can write for orchestra, you can write for anything.” An agent once told me that, and I took it to heart so much that I wrote two courses to help you get where you need to be with orchestration. Here is an excerpt.

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5 Film Scoring Concepts to Know for Your First Movie Score

When scoring a film, there are five fundamental rules that you need to follow. Berklee Online course author Sean McMahon shares what he’s learned from personal experience, scoring and orchestrating Hollywood films.

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Vocal Improvisation Techniques of Famous Pop and R&B Singers

Berklee Online course author Gabrielle Goodman discusses the vocal improvisation techniques of famous pop and R&B singers, many of which she has sang with.

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Gaming Music: How to Price Your Composition Work

If you’re first starting out scoring music for games, it’s important to know what to charge for your labor so you don’t shortchange yourself or undervalue your skills. In this article you’ll learn about industry going rate, bundling, upselling, revisions, overages, and perhaps most importantly, how to figure out what a client can afford.

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‘Halloween’ Theme: What Makes the Music so Scary?

The music from the 1978 film “Halloween” was revolutionary, not just because director John Carpenter also composed the score, but because of Carpenter’s adventurous use of early synth pads and stabs, which helped him create one of the most powerful and creepiest soundtracks of all time.

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Music Composition Techniques and Resources

Learn various music composition techniques and resources that will help you get started as you write your own piece of music.

Acoustics in Music: Outdoor, Indoor, and Isolated Spaces

Learn the basics of acoustics as it applies to various music spaces with the help of Berklee Online course author Eric Reuter.

6 Original Blues Guitar Architects to Rediscover

The musical elements of blues are distinctly African in origin—the pentatonic scales, polyrhythms, use of microtones and pitch bends, and call and response phrase structure all originate from the African continent. Black History Month is the perfect time to get reacquainted with these architects of the blues guitar.

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Acoustic Guitar Techniques to Move Past Beginner Level

To get your acoustic guitar sounding like Joni Mitchell’s, Nick Drake’s, James Taylor’s, and Lindsey Buckingham’s, here are three acoustic guitar techniques that you can start practicing today.