The New LDS Organist
By Dr. Don Cook
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Lessons 1-5 and 10-12 are for everyone. Those who must begin playing for church meetings very soon might consider themselves in “shortcut mode” and skip lessons 6-9. These four lessons are for those who can spend the time required to refine their playing “in polish mode” before beginning to serve as an organist.
||CleanLesson 12: Continuing Your Organ Study||Various ways to continue organ study are explored.||8/3/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 11: Playing Postlude Appropriately||How to choose and play effective postludes, relying heavily on the counsel of church leaders. Solo combinations vs. chorus-type combinations.||8/2/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 10: Hymn Playing--Deciding When to Tie Repeated Notes||How to deal with the repeated notes--very simply for now--but introducing several approaches. Dynamic expression by using the expression pedals.||8/1/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 9: Hymn Playing in Polish Mode--Playing Four Independent Legato Lines||The conclusion to playing hymns in "polish mode," with all four parts being played. A three-stage plan for learning a four-part hymn. How to use the organ's combination action (memory system).||7/31/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 8: Hymn Playing in Polish Mode--Playing Three Independent Legato Lines||A continuation of playing hymns in "polish mode," now working with three parts at a time. A three-stage plan for learning a four-part hymn. Manual/pedal balance is discussed, as well as couplers.||7/30/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 7: Hymn Playing in Polish Mode--Playing Two Independent Legato Lines||A continuation of playing hymns in "polish mode," working with two parts at a time. Dealing with repeated notes between soprano and alto. Chorus reeds are introduced.||7/29/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 6: Hymn Playing in Polish Mode--Playing Single Lines in Legato Style||An introduction to playing hymns in "polish mode," beginning with a single part at a time. Organ fingering techniques and chorus mixtures are also introduced.||7/28/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 5: Hymn Playing in Shortcut Mode--Playing Hymns Right Now||When you cannot spend the time to polish a hymn or organ piece, you can learn it in "shortcut mode" and make a positive contribution in the service. Hymn registration shortcuts are introduced.||7/27/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 4: Effective Hymn Playing--An Overview||An introduction to hymn playing at the organ, and working with the director. Building stop combinations for richness.||7/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 3: Playing Prelude Music that Invites the Spirit||How to select, register, and play prelude music that will help the congregation to begin worshop. Also introducing the softer stops of the organ.||7/25/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 2: First Steps in Pedal Playing||Getting started with organ pedaling. Pitches of organ stops, chorus registration, and building for clarity.||7/24/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 1: Welcome to Organ Playing!||How to make the most of this course. Introduction to the organ console. A challenge to make three commitments.||7/23/2007||Free||View in iTunes|