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Are bass pedals usually played with your left or right foot?

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  • Are bass pedals usually played with your left or right foot?

    I would play them with my left foot, and use my right foot for the expression pedals. What about you?

  • #2
    Hi Proper technique, if there is such a thing would indicate both feet for both purposes. You should get yourself a good organ instruction book. In my day Harold Gleeson was my choice. Do the pedal exercises and scales as outlined and yo uwill get an idea!


    • #3
      I learned 2 pages of JSB P&F in Cmin with the left foot on the pedals from C0 to b0 and the right foot on C1 to C2. When I took an organ lesson this year, the teacher told me you were supposed to alternate feet all over the keyboard. Now I can't play pedals at all, but I do it correctly. Except when I kick the expression pedal to min volume with the right toe.
      city Hammond H-182 organ (2 ea),A100,10-82 TC, Wurlitzer 4500, Schober Recital Organ, Steinway 40" console , Sohmer 39" pianos, Ensoniq EPS, ; country Hammond H112


      • #4
        Classically, both feet are used in pedaling. The Gleason book is great for pedal exercises, and so is the John Stainer book.
        Fishers, IN

        At School Church: Wicks III/40
        At Church Where I Am Director: Hammond BV with Leslie 122
        Summer Practice Organ: Rodgers III/47


        • #5
          Both feet except on a Hammond where you use the right foot for the "gas".
          "The employment of the piano is forbidden in church, as is also that of noisy frivolous instruments such as drums, cymbals, bells and the like." St. Pius X


          • #6
            Mr. Catlover,

            The answer to the title of your post is, "Yes." When I taught myself, I used my left foot for the pedals, because my organ only had 13 bass pedals and would only play one note at a time. When I got to college, I learned that I needed to use all 4 feet to play the pedals (both heels and both sets of toes).

            Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
            • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
            • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
            • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos


            • #7
              I used to use only one foot on the pedals before I took my college classes, one of which was organ lessons. Unfortunately, I did not learn too much there as the college furnished me with two teachers, which were as different as day and night. I am now taking private lessons, and learning more than I did at college. My teacher is Mark Laubach, who when he first saw me play, asked me how many feet I had. When I replied two, he politely told me to get the one off the expression pedal and on the notes. I must admit it was difficult at first, even with a Princess Pedalboard, but I'm getting the hang of it. Besides, the Princess Pedalboard may be going soon (as is the entire organ). Our church may be getting an Allen 301-B, for which I can't wait!!!!

              So Many Pipes, So Little Room!!