Book 1 • Using Preset Stop CombinationsFor a pianist or organist new to playing the organ.This book has been written for the pianist who has never played an or- gan or an organist unfamiliar with the Roland, Rodgers or Infinity organs but may be used by an experienced organist as well. Designed to be used for self-teaching but also useful when studying with a teacher.
The Playing the Church Organ series is also useful for the experienced organist as it quickly introduces you to using all the stops on the organ, ones named on the stop tablets or drawknobs, and all that are waiting inside for you to call on them to more perfectly match the stops you choose to the music you are playing.
This innovative teaching system works backwards - the goal is not to teach you all about playing the organ, it’s to get you playing the organ with confidence and sounding professional from the first day you play, even if you have never had an organ lesson and just know how to play piano or a keyboard.
We achieve this by starting you off with preset sounds, just as a teacher does, but here you control them yourself, right from the beginning. All that you need to learn to get started are three things:
• Pressing Piston Buttons.
When you press a piston button, the organ is ready for you to play. We have picked music for you that only uses the keyboards. This isn’t simplified music - there has been a lot of organ music written for organs without pedals - in fact, even during the time of Handel, many organs only had keyboards. You will find the number of the piston to push at the top of the music - then you just begin to play.
• The Expression Pedal
Sets the Volume.You’ll be surprised when you find out that the organ is not as difficult as you are able to focus more on playing the notes instead of also making them loud or soft or somewhere in between.
• What happens then?
“But...do I have to play the pedals?” You will find organ music written without pedals in books 1-4 that is easy to medium difficulty. As you play through the music you will be using 10 preset sound combinations that are enough to play services, including weddings and memorial services.
This book also hows you how to use the Bass Coupler to play the ped-als for you automatically on some of the music - we do this to get you excited and interested in playing them yourself.