This mini course is included in Cinematic Music Creation!

If you've already purchased my flagship course Cinematic Music Creation, Principles of Orchestration is already included in the course!

I've made this mini course available on its own if you're only interested in learning about orchestration. For a more in-depth look at the entire composing process, including arranging, music theory, and mixing/mastering, check out Cinematic Music Creation!

Principles of Orchestration

Everything you need to know in order to write detailed, full, and rich orchestral music.

The orchestra is one of the most familiar forms of musical expression.


With the advent of sound design, trailer music, and more contemporary sound sources making their way into mainstream music since the late 1900's, the orchestra has taken a back seat in favour for more 'modern' styles of music.

However, the orchestra never completely disappeared, and more recently, composers started to realize the expressive potential and beauty that the orchestra can provide. Therefore, it's no surprise that there have been an explosion of orchestral-based sample libraries on the market over the past decade.

As technology has become more affordable, composers and producers around the world now incorporating elements of the orchestra into their own music.

The downside is, many of them have no idea how a real orchestra works.

What are the timbral and playable ranges of the orchestral instruments? What combination possibilities lie within each instrument family? Do the brass sit naturally with the woodwinds, or do they need to breathe?

What ends up happening is that many tracks sound unrealistic, unbalanced, and messy, due to a lack of orchestration and arranging knowledge. Sample libraries are so forgiving, and you can get away with anything in a DAW.

Understanding how the orchestra sounds and works is quite simple.


The orchestra is comprised into 4 main sections: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Each contribute a unique tonal quality to the orchestra, and arrangers over the years have discovered the most effective ways to allow certain instruments to shine and be brought forward, while being supported by the rest.

It's the way in which the instruments interact that makes or breaks an orchestral arrangement. The most effective orchestrations don't necessarily include all the instruments playing at once; rather, the orchestrator knows exactly what he/she wants to hear at a certain moment, and can choose specific instruments/sections to pull off that desired effect.

Not only does this come with experience, but also with a deep knowledge and understanding of how each instrument works, its tonal qualities, playable & dynamic range, idiomatic qualities, and more.

If you're interested in learning how this all works together, I can help you.

Principles of Orchestration

A practical look into traditional and contemporary uses of the orchestra. From an overview of the instrument choices, to timbral, dynamic, range considerations and common/unique articulations with applicable examples, no stone is left unturned.

Chris L, composer & musician

Principles of Orchestration includes:

  1. Principles of Orchestration - an overview of the orchestra, the harmonic series, loudness and timbre
  2. The String Section - exploring the violins, violas, celli, and basses, their functions and articulations, and my preferred applications
  3. The Woodwind Section - a discussion of the common wind instruments and their doublers, plus my favourite ways to use them
  4. The Brass Section - how cylindrical and conical bores affect the tone of each brass instrument, and when you should use which
  5. The Percussion Section - exploring the wide selection of the orchestral percussion, with audio examples
  6. Harp, Piano, Celesta - how these 3 instruments play a crucial role in any orchestral arrangement
  7. String Orchestration - common string combinations, their effects on tone, and proper string voicing techniques
  8. Woodwind Orchestration - when and how to use the woodwinds, effective combinations with other orchestral sections, and voicings 
  9. Brass Orchestration - common doubling practices, combinations with other brass, and proper voicings
  10. Percussion Orchestration - how the percussion section can serve as accompaniment, enforce hits, and double other instruments
  11. How to Think Like an Orchestrator - 5 concepts you must keep in mind for effective orchestration. This is one of my favourites! 
  12. How to Orchestrate Chords - learn how to properly voice low, mid, and high chords with your sample libraries
By the time you reach the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand exactly how an orchestrator thinks
  • Learn about each section of the orchestra, how they function, and what they're commonly used for
  • Proper voicing and doubling techniques, including popular combinations with other families
  • How to create beautiful transitions using the keys and harp
  • A practical demonstration of orchestrating low, mid, and high chords
  • And much more!

On top of that, I've got a bonus for you...

As a bonus, you'll also receive my video module on sample libraries, software and hardware I recommend for anyone to get started in orchestral composition! It normally sells for $50, but it's included in your copy of Principles of Orchestration, absolutely free.

So just to recap, here's what you'll receive when you purchase today:

  • The essentials of orchestration, made simple
  • Popular doublings and layering options in the orchestra for you to apply instantly
  • How to think like an orchestrator, and approach arrangement linearly 
  • Have an exact structure to follow every time you write a new piece of music
  • A bonus video module on my favourite sample libraries, and essential hardware to get started

I look forward to seeing you on the inside! 
As a seasoned composer, arranger and orchestrator, it's a pleasure taking Christopher's course. Presented in a gentle, easy-going style, one can grasp and understand the material presented quickly as a result. From the beginner, to the novice, hobbyist, semi-pro and even the pro; this course is highly recommended for anyone who desires to learn, or even re-learn, the many aspects of music creation.

- Phillip A. (award-winning composer, conductor, & producer) 

So how much does this course cost?


Traditional music programs at university can cost over $8,000/year, as mine did! Online courses are another option, but I've seen some being sold at $3,000 apiece
Private lessons and coaching can run you upwards of $150/hour, which I've had when going through my musical studies, so those don't come cheap either.
I want to make this course as affordable for you as possible, so when you join today you'll have access to all the material for one payment of $97! 


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Don't's 100% risk free.


I’ve packed a lot into this course because not only do I want you to create the music that I know you can make, but I want to guarantee that you don’t fail.

And to make it a no-brainer deal for you I’m giving you a 60 day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase today.

That’s right: Go through the course, follow the steps, put in the work, and if you don’t love it in the first 60 days of your purchase, send me an email and I’ll refund you immediately. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

If this course doesn’t work for you, I’d much prefer for you to take your money and invest it where you will be happier and get results. 

Imagine a year from today...

What would it do for you to equip yourself with the fundamentals of orchestration? To be able to think of a certain sound, and not only know what instrument should perform it, but play it in a realistic and expressive manner? 

Music is a form of expression, and the orchestra is one of the most authentic and raw ways of showing it. Learn the fundamentals and details of orchestration today and see what a difference it makes for your music.

That's what I want for you. And that's exactly what I show you how do inside Principles of Orchestration!

You can do this. Join me inside today and let me show you how to write the best music I know you can make.

Warmest wishes,

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