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Arranging Pop Horns Explained®

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    Get an overview of what will be covered in this course.

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    Unison & Octave Doubling

    Get a sense of the flavour and ranges of each of the main brass and woodwind instruments as they are doubled in various combinations, playing a simple riff either in unison or an octave apart.

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    Harmonizing in Thirds

    Explore various settings using two wind instruments harmonized in thirds.

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    Harmonizing in Sixths

    Hear what two note voicings sound like when parts are voiced a sixth apart. And then hear the result of doubling each of these parts with other instruments.

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    Thirds & Sevenths

    Learn how to work with two horn voicings using the third and seventh degrees of underlying chord progressions.

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    Three Note Voicings

    See how the two note voicings from the last video are enhanced with "color notes"; extensions to the basic chords, that create a richer sounding harmony. Hear the contrast between open voicings, where the three voices are spread apart, versus close voicings, where they are all within the same octave. And explore the use of triadic harmony, where the third, fifth, and seventh degrees of the scale are used to outline the chords, rather than the root, third, and fifth.

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    Four Note Closed Position Voicings

    Explore various instrumentation and approaches to "closed" voicings when creating parts for four horns.

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    Drop 2 Voicings

    Explore the more open sound of Drop 2 horn voicings where the second part is dropped down an octave, resulting in chords spread out over a wider range.

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    Working with Five Horns

    Discover the use of wide open voicings, fourths, splitting the horns so they aren't all playing together, and combining different voicings to create a unified arrangement.

Product Overview

Do you need horn parts for your Pop songs and productions? Well Eli Krantzberg shows you just what you need to know to create killer horn section parts for both real horns or MIDI programmed horns!

In this series designed for beginner to intermediate arrangers, Eli starts with an introduction, explaining exactly what to expect from the series, and then jumps right in, covering the art of Unison and Octave Doubled horn lines.

Harmonizing in 3rds, 6ths and 7ths are then all explained and explored, enabling you to write awesome sounding horn sections with a variety of colors and sound.

Eli then gets into voicings, including 3 and 4 note voicings, followed by Drop 2 voicings, which give your horn section parts a more spread out sound, great for wrapping around other instruments.

Finishing it up, Eli explains and demonstrates how to work and write for a five piece horn section, utilizing wide open voicings, fourths, splitting the horns so they aren’t all playing together, and combining different voicings to create a professional unified arrangement.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re ready to add some horns to your Pop productions, this series is a must see. Check out “Arranging Pop Horns Explained” today and blow up your tracks!

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Arranging Pop Horns Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is Eli at his best! I'm really hoping to get a full big band course from him along the same lines as this one. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2021-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very interesting and helpful I really liked the vidéos... they are well done, explicits and the examples give you a nice feel of the arrangements. I would have taken more, maybe with real examples from known pop songs with brass.
Date published: 2021-05-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good for people who want to understand horn arrangements Looking forward to putting into practice the tips I learnes
Date published: 2021-02-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good It is what I have been looking for. Midi sound could have been better. Looking forward for pop strings arrangements from groove 3
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exact, Precise and Practical Excellent, right away in the matter, great teacher as well
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Very simple, not a lot of explanation. Cheesy music examples. I was pretty bored by this tutorial. First of all the musical examples are cheesy (there was actually one example I liked). All the instruments sound very static / unrealistic / "MIDI", and apart from the sound the music itself just isn't very interesting or inspiring. Obviously the author didn't invest any time in making the horns sound real / inspiring (maybe he should watch the Groove3 tutorial on "Creating Realistic MIDI Horns" ;-). The instructor shows the typical possibilities for harmonies, but doesn't explain a lot about why and when to use them. Also he doesn't explain different styles of usage like melodic fills vs. harmonic rhythm vs. pads vs. ostinato parts etc. Somehow I feel this was quickly put together after a short internet research. I wish this tutorial had a similar quality then the one on "creating realistic MIDI horns" (different instructor), which it sadly hasn't.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful insights. This is helpful information if you don't play horns but want to do some realistic programming of sampled brass libraries. It's more about voicings - assigning who plays what - than about getting a realistic performance. For the latter, I'd recommend the course, "Creating Realistic MIDI Horns"
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good stuff! Very informative.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well done I liked it a lot, specially the recap in the end. Very good.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Many great ideas! As usual, Eli Krantzberg delivers a very informative but also very inspiring tutorial on how to use each type of horn and how to put together several horns so that they produce beautiful harmonies using various types of chord variations. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAA AAA
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very interesting always professional in his explanation and very comprensible. Good work.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Been waiting for something like this for a while. It totally met and exceeded expectations. I'm going to be watching this one a few times I think. People don't realise that programming realistic sampled horns is as much about the arrangement as it is the samples themselves, maybe even more so! Once again Eli delivers a well constructed easy to understand set of videos that Im sure is going to add to my skill set as a producer and musician. Definately recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring very structured and concise explanation, easy to follow
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice and easy info Nice and easy procedure of learning. Specially for beginners in orchestration. As a professional I would expect deeper suggestions but I suppose maybe this is the first or second level. Good and decent anyway!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect!! This is a great explanation of arranging horns. It is presented in a clear and concise manor. I have been trying to learn some of this by experimenting and buying books on pop horns but hearing and seeing what Eli has put together here really pulls it all together. Great tutorial, Thanks!!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great horn writing overview. Great basic horn tutorial. Good explanations of drop voicings and doubling as well as attention to instrument ranges.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! For a guitarist that doesn't know anything about horns, this pretty much explains everything that I needed to know.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful! Please do series about this topic (arranging/ orchestration in pop)
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Pretty simplistic, not for a seasoned pro The music examples are dated. A novice would be better served by listening and transcribing a James Brown record in order to learn horn arranging. Tower of Power is another good study tool. Of course, Blood Sweat, & Tears, as well as, Chicago should be in the listening list.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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