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Question about... the organ

Postby zeniyama » 31 May 2007, 15:08

Yeah, I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so...

I'm interested in learning how to play the organ (which should be relatively easy, since I already know the piano), but don't really have the thousand or so dollars to fork over for an electric home one. Does anyone know of any relatively cheap organ that's still pretty good or some form of electric pedalboard i could just put under the piano or something?
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby citrine_peridot » 01 Jun 2007, 13:12

go to a church!

...ok, I am not helping a lot,actually I thought you were spamming when I saw the topic ...ahem

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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby PianistSk8er » 01 Jun 2007, 17:03

citrine_peridot wrote:go to a church!

Actually, that's not a bad suggestion. It's what I would do, were I intent on learning the instrument.

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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby zeniyama » 01 Jun 2007, 18:35

Oh yeah, the church...
I'm sure I could goto a church and learn the organ, or take a few lessons, but how would I practice between lessons/church visits?
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby Drummer06 » 02 Jun 2007, 20:02

Thats is where I learned to play. Every Sunday after Church is over Im always
allowed to go up and play. But be warned if you big hands like me... it makes
playing about 10X Harder. :)
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby zeniyama » 02 Jun 2007, 20:13

K then, next time I goto church, I'll ask the pastor or someone if I can play on the organ for about a half hour or so. But, what's a good organ piece? (preferably something slightly easier than the hardest piano songs I can play (which would be Drei Klavierstucke))
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby MindenBlues » 03 Jun 2007, 06:18

I think too, playing on a church organ is the best you can do to learn organ playing.
At least so I do it. Don't expect to become a master after only some hours of organ playing, even if your background is long-year piano playing under your belt (so it was in my case as I started additional organ playing).
One thing is, that the pedal part should not be underestimated. First, there is a good relaxed feet position to learn, along with alternating heel-toe playing or for baroque stuff maybe toes alone. The other important thing is, that instead dynamics (what you don't have for a fixed registration) one needs to learn a good articulation - all steps between legato and staccato, differenciated for the different voices one plays.
Often, piano players tend to play all the time legato on the organ, because they think that the lack of sustain pedal must be compensated by legato playing. That's no good idea - things get blurred in the normally heavy reberved acoustic in a church.
You asked for appropriate piano pieces to begin? I suggest Bach pieces, e.g. from WTC or Inventions.
If you look for an easier but good sounding organ piece with pedal part, I suggest the "8 little preludes and fugues" from Bach (it is doubtful that Bach was the composer, but you find the score here). The C major prelude and fugue (BWV553) sounds great, because of the arpeggios, and difficultier as it is, also the little fugue is something special. It was the first piece I played on organ, you can listen to if you like, on my homepage:
http://www.mindenblues.family-schmidt-minden.de/Organ/
The last piece I recorded was the Buxtehude piece with a larger pedal solo at the beginning, so maybe one can see a little progress after one year of organ playing...

Hope it helps a bit.
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby zeniyama » 03 Jun 2007, 10:25

Yeah, I was thinking of either doing a Bach piece or a Buxtehude piece, because I have alot of their organ sheet music saved onto my computer already. Now it should be fairly easy for me to find a piece.
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Re: Question about... the organ

Postby Drummer06 » 03 Jun 2007, 14:07

Bach's Toccata and fuge in D never gets boring. But if thats to advanced some of his 24 preludes sound pretty good on the Organ.
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