Tag: viola

  • Hear 9 Inspiring String Quartet Arrangements Written by Soundfly Students

    Hear 9 Inspiring String Quartet Arrangements Written by Soundfly Students

    Last fall, we debuted the first-ever session of our course Orchestration for Strings that included personalized support for students from a Mainstage Mentor — a handpicked expert in his or her field who offered feedback on the student’s work. The course itself was a big success, garnering a 100% completion rate and a ton of validating feedback from our students, […]

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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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  • Why a Video of a Young Ukrainian Accordionist Went Viral

    Why a Video of a Young Ukrainian Accordionist Went Viral

    By Shinjoo Cho If you’ve spent any extended time scrolling social media this year, you’ve probably come across a video of Ukrainian musician Alexander Hrustevich playing “Summer” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (formally, the Violin Concerto in G Minor, Opus 8, No 2 “Summer”: III. Presto) on his bayan accordion. This footage of a spellbinding, virtuosic performance by a young […]

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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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  • 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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Advanced Synths and Patch Design for Producers