I'm not a schooled orchestrator, although I'm familar with ranges and the color that the instruments have in those ranges. I'm wondering how other people go about orchestrating. I like to orchestrate piano scores and of course keeping the composers intent as I orchestrate. I look at the piece as a whole and make mental notes of color in certain place. Then I just orchestrate as I go. I don't really have a plan as I do this, but I try to be as faithful to the original harmonies, voicings, tempos and of couse melodies as I can. Does anyone care to have some input on this subject.