The New LDS Organist
Summary: This free course consists of 12 mp3 files (lessons) and a packet (in Adobe pdf format) containing lesson materials and simplified hymns. Topics: Welcome, Pedaling, Prelude, Intro. to hymn playing, Hymn playing in shortcut mode, Hymn playing in polish mode (4 lessons), Dealing with repeated notes, Postlude, and Continuing organ study.
Various ways to continue organ study are explored.
How to choose and play effective postludes, relying heavily on the counsel of church leaders. Solo combinations vs. chorus-type combinations.
How to deal with the repeated notes--very simply for now--but introducing several approaches. Dynamic expression by using the expression pedals.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to hymn playing at the organ, and working with the director. Building stop combinations for richness.
How to select, register, and play prelude music that will help the congregation to begin worshop. Also introducing the softer stops of the organ.
Getting started with organ pedaling. Pitches of organ stops, chorus registration, and building for clarity.
How to make the most of this course. Introduction to the organ console. A challenge to make three commitments.