Tag: strings

in the context of referring to instruments as “string instruments”

  • ‘Double Basses, You Know What You Must Do’: Breaking Down Ben Folds’ 10-Minute Song

    ‘Double Basses, You Know What You Must Do’: Breaking Down Ben Folds’ 10-Minute Song

    A little over a week ago, the Kennedy Center uploaded a video of a concert in which singer-songwriter and composer Ben Folds creates an orchestral piece of music in under 10 minutes and performs it with the full participation of the National Symphony Orchestra. The video, which has since been shared over 100,000 times, is a […]

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  • Orchestral MIDI String Libraries Compared

    Orchestral MIDI String Libraries Compared

    As a composer, finding that string library that can do everything you want can often feel like a never-ending quest to find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. New libraries pop up every month or so, all professing to be the best and urging you to press the “buy” button as soon as they’re […]

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  • How Successful Musicians Practice: Songwriters & Composers

    How Successful Musicians Practice: Songwriters & Composers

    Welcome back to my four-part series of articles on How Successful Musicians Practice. If you’re just joining us now, this is the third installment, so if songwriting and composition aren’t ultimately your areas of interest, feel free to peruse the practice regimes of either these seriously successful percussionists or these 4, 5 and 6-string samurai! To briefly […]

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  • How Successful Musicians Practice: Guitar, Bass, and Bows

    How Successful Musicians Practice: Guitar, Bass, and Bows

    Welcome to the second installment of How Successful Musicians Practice. If you’re just joining us now, take a minute to peruse the practice regimes of some seriously successful percussionists here. To recap, I see there being four kinds of practice goals a musician works towards over the course of their career: practicing to learn an instrument and gain […]

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  • Loud Silence & Quiet Sound: The Illuminating Music of Toru Takemitsu

    Loud Silence & Quiet Sound: The Illuminating Music of Toru Takemitsu

    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) was arguably the most well-known and influential Japanese composer of the 20th century. In addition to composing prolifically for the orchestra, Takemitsu wrote many chamber works, solo guitar music, electro-acoustic pieces (incorporating the use of magnetic tape loops and found sounds), a number of pieces that feature soloists playing traditional Japanese instruments […]

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  • Why Every Piano You’ve Ever Played Is Too Small

    Why Every Piano You’ve Ever Played Is Too Small

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Beautiful, versatile, and astoundingly complex, the piano holds a key place in nearly every form of music. It can be found across the globe in the back corners of smoky nightclubs, the […]

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  • Breaking Down Radiohead’s Orchestration in “Burn the Witch”

    Breaking Down Radiohead’s Orchestration in “Burn the Witch”

    Radiohead’s new release “Burn the Witch” marks the end of a long period of silence from the band. It is a patient, driving piece with an engaging form that seamlessly incorporates orchestral string instruments into the music. Often when rock songs use strings, they feel like an extra topping daubed on at the end of […]

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  • Song Kitchen: “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone

    Song Kitchen: “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone

    Ever wondered what would be the perfect track to lip sync on a moon rat while doing a space dance across an alien planet? Well, I’m glad to say Guardians of the Galaxy pretty much nailed the answer. In the opening scene the Star Lord rocks out to the infectiously joyful and funky tune, “Come and Get Your Love” by […]

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  • The Weird and Creepy World of String Harmonics

    The Weird and Creepy World of String Harmonics

    Experimenting with string harmonics can lend an eerie, etherial sound to your compositions. Here’s how to get started.

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  • How to Run a Flawless Recording Session with Strings

    How to Run a Flawless Recording Session with Strings

    In order to create all the videos, resources and course assets for our popular Mainstage course, Orchestration for Strings, we worked closely with the incredible young composer, Ian Davis, who writes and arranges in the band, Landlady as well as his solo project Relatives, and has composed for such notable acts as My Brightest Diamond. Specifically for the course, […]

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