DISCOVER! Music Theory For Contemporary Musicians

This course is a must for anyone who wants to know how chord progressions work. With over 160 musical examples and 153 audio clips, musicians of any experience level can jump in and start learning.

I. Beginning Level - Staves, Clefs, Leger Lines, Scales, Modes, Key Signatures, Accidentals, Intervals, Chord Construction, Harmonic Analysis and the II-7 V7 pattern.

II. Intermediate Level One - Secondary & Extended Dominant chords, Dual Function Chords & "Parenthetical" Analysis, Substitute Dominant Chords and their related II-7s, Common Song Forms, Intros, Endings, Turnarounds, Interludes.

III. Intermediate Level Two - Modal Interchange Chords, Diminished Seventh Chords & #IVø7, Modulation Techniques, Common Re-harmonization Techniques.

IV. Advanced - Beyond Key-related Harmony, Practical Matters For The Professional Musician

A separate addendum for keyboardists is available and includes:

• Fingerings for all scales used in contemporary music

• Useful keyboard patterns in various styles including: montuno patterns, the "Basie" ending, the "perdido alto" and many other rhythmic patterns. All the patterns are carefully written out and are available as digital audio files.

• Rhythm section playing techniques according to style.

• How to make string, brass and B3 parts sound authentic.

• Practical studio and production tips

• Practical tips on being a Musical Director including how to run rehearsals and how to write and read piano/conductor parts, vocal warm-ups, etc.

There is also a "Suggested Listening" list.

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DISCOVER! Learn Vocal Arranging from Corey Allen

I've written vocal arrangements for the Manhattan Transfer, "Vocalese", "Suite Voice" and M-Pact to name just a few. This course shows you how to write world-class Pop, Doo-wop, Jazz, Rock, Latin, Gospel, Folk, Country, Blues and "Musical Theater" style vocal arrangements.

I. The History of Vocal Group Writing - From trios like "The Boswell Sisters" and "Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys" to The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, New York Voices and the Voicestra.

II. The Mechanics of Vocal Writing - Vocal ranges, the voice's "break", the "head voice", the "chest voice", vocal score notation, "closed" and "open" scores, correct placement of lyrics in a vocal score, the elision, the cardinal sins of vocal writing.

III. Basic Pop Vocal Writing - Background Vocal (BGV) techniques based on musical context, texture, the melody and lyrics.

IV. Three and four-part vocal group writing - Timbre, ensemble color, the "Primary Diaphony" concept, harmonic/textural balance, score analysis of the Modernaires, The Manhattan Transfer, Gene Puerling, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

V. Doo-Wop - listen to and analyze examples by: The Larks, The Moonglows, The Spaniels, The Penguins, The Five Keys etc.

(Several arrangements for jazz ensembles and vocal groups are published by Sound Music Publications, Edmonds, WA.)

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DISCOVER! Learn How To Write For Strings - For Real!

Make your string parts sound GREAT!

The best string samples in the world will ALWAYS sound artificial unless you know how to create strings parts. I guarantee that my course will make your string parts SING.

I. Beginning Level - String instruments and their ranges, score layouts, clefs, listening to examples of typical string ensembles i.e. string trio, string quartet, classical string orchestra, the studio string orchestra.

II. Intermediate Level One - phrase markings, on the string bowings, dynamics and articulations, measured and unmeasured tremolo,

III. Intermediate Level Two - off the string bowings, splitting desks, double stops, mutes, trills

IV. Advanced - string voicings, scordatura, special effects, practical matters. Tone colors
I also include a Suggested Listening List.

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Arranging For Beginners

"Arranging in the Digital World"

My book, "Arranging in the Digital World" (published by Berklee Press) is a "how-to" guide written to help beginners and amateur arrangers use technology to write better arrangements. This short book is perfect for those who have a digital keyboard or workstation and want to know how to create musically satisfying arrangements of their favorite songs. This book is meant for the beginning arranger of any age. Legendary composer Johnny Mandel writes: "It ["Arranging In The Digital World"] is written with great clarity and easily understood. No student or professional should be without it." Chuck Mangione calls this book "A Godsend!"

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