Category: Chart Doctor (Archive)

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Orchestration: The Devil Is In The Details, Part 2

Ron Hess discusses how you’ll never achieve the Holy Grail of a perfect sight reading if your notation doesn’t tell each musician at a glance how it’s supposed to sound

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An Introduction To FinaleScript

Ron Hess takes FinaleScript for a test drive

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Arranging: From Less to More – Mastering The Big “Mo”

Ron Hess talks about ideas for arrangements to take your music to the next level

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The Grit and the Gravy

Ron Hess talks about tension, release, and more – the “grit and gravy” of film music

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More Steps To Better Creativity

Ron Hess talks about ways to inspire your creativity through getting to know your own creative process

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Finale 2011: What Does it Deliver?

Ron Hess looks at the Finale 2011 upgrade and what it delivers for film and television composers

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Great Moments In Film Orchestration History: Bernard Herrmann

Ron Hess looks at the brilliant orchestrations and non-orchestrations of Bernard Herrmann

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Some Trinkets From The What-Not Shop

Ron Hess talks about some interesting tips for a variety of subjects

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Are You Really An Orchestrator?

Ron Hess presents the Orchestrational Aptitude Test (OAT)

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Music Prep Ergonomics, Part 2

Ron Hess continues his look at ergonomics and music preparation

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Music Prep Ergonomics, Part 1

Ron Hess explores how better ergonomics can help the music prep process

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Finale vs. Sibelius: Another Perspective

Ron Hess takes a different look at the Finale vs. Sibelius notation software debate

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Orchestration: On Profiting From Your Limitations

Ron Hess discusses endurance, rests, and some subtler elements of contemporary orchestration

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The Irritation Of Reiteration

Ron Hess explores the hazards and pitfalls of repetition

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Reinstallation Insurance

Ron Hess talks about avoiding hazards with software installs and reinstalls

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Sampling Giveaways

Ron Hess talks about sampler shortcomings and how to avoid them

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Toward More Effective (and Efficient) Cuing

Ron Hess talks about how effective cuing can create better performances

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Dynamic Range For The Musician

Ron Hess talks about the importance of dynamic range in the composing and orchestration process

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Conduct Yourself Accordingly, Part 8: Getting Out Of 2nd Gear

Ron Hess talks about what can be learned from new conductors

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Orchestration: Why Transpose Your Score?

Ron Hess explores the question of whether to use transposed scores or not

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Studying Orchestration: What Does a Viola Taste Like?

Ron Hess explores a variety of aspects of learning the art and craft of learning orchestration

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Conduct Yourself Accordingly, Part 7: Last-Minute Cramming For The Big Exam

Ron Hess continues his series with a look at preparing for the scoring stage.

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Conduct Yourself Accordingly: The Secret Magic of Beat Patterns

Ron Hess talks about great beat patterns when conducting

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Adventures In Orchestration: From Piano To Ensemble, Part 5

Ron Hess wraps up his series “From Piano to Ensemble” with Part 5.

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Adventures In Orchestration: From Piano To Ensemble, Part 4

Ron Hess continues his series “From Piano to Ensemble” with part 4 of 5

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Adventures In Orchestration: From Piano To Ensemble, Part 3

Ron Hess continues his look at the progression from piano to ensemble in Part 3 of the series.

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Adventures In Orchestration: From Piano To Ensemble, Part 2

Ron Hess continues his look at orchestration in part 2 of this article series.

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Adventures in Orchestration: From Piano to Ensemble, Part 1

Ron Hess explores the art of orchestration

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Sibelius vs. Finale: How To Choose?

Ron Hess talks about choosing the best notation software for your projects

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Why You Should Consider Carryin’ A Librarian

Ron Hess takes a look at the job of the librarian on scoring sessions

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