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    The Complete Organ Player series has received a few mentions lately, and seems highly recommended for new players or for those restarting after many years. I played a little when I was young, and bought an EL500 last summer, when I happened to see just how cheap they are now. Anyway the discussion has inspired me to find the books and have a go. If any re-starters are interested in comparing notes, I have put the first pieces from COP5 on Soundcloud. As I listen, I hear plenty of scope for improvement...

    https://soundcloud.com/iain-davies-272105293/sets/cop5


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    Hello, I love my Atelier. It came today at 8pm, will be setting it up this weekend. Nicer condition than I thought.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by orgfred65 View Post
      Anyway the discussion has inspired me to find the books and have a go. If any re-starters are interested in comparing notes, I have put the first pieces from COP5 on Soundcloud. As I listen, I hear plenty of scope for improvement...
      Sounds good to me - well done. I think I'd sooner listen to you than Kenneth Baker's tapes which sound, to me, just like what they are - someone teaching organ, in a very clinical way. Not that they're unhelpful, just not very inspiring.
      Previous: Elka Crescendo 303, Technics G7, Yamaha EL-90
      Current: Yamaha AR-100

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RogerM View Post
        Sounds good to me - well done. I think I'd sooner listen to you than Kenneth Baker's tapes which sound, to me, just like what they are - someone teaching organ, in a very clinical way. Not that they're unhelpful, just not very inspiring.
        I agree with what you say!...it is hard to get enthused with learning when you listen to the Kenneth Baker tapes.
        Chris Nabil - Owner of a Roland Atelier 900 Platinum.

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          I always used to invite my students to listen to the actual song being learned. It was hard to find recordings of some of Baker's choices, especially the more obscure latin numbers, though. Today it would be a different story.

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            I've finally finished my 'Complete Organ Player Book 5' project. It has been a great learning exercise for me. Having a specific target helps me focus on a piece in particular rather than vaguely playing around on lots of different things in an evening. And with the intent of doing the enitre book, I couldn't skip anything I found more challenging, If anyone is interested, the pieces are all here (Sound Cloud seemed to be randomly deleting new uploads, so gave up).

            https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...Od?usp=sharing

            I might have a go at book 6 sometime, but for now I have decided to work on some pieces from Home Organist Library and elsewhere that are at grade 5 level, according to some organ syllabuses I found.

            Regardless of how 'successful' I am with these pieces, I am really enjoying myself!

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            • #7
              With book 5 done :) , how's your bass clef reading coming along? Have you done the two supplements that will start to unlock the much better class of arrangements in Home Organist Library, Organ Gold, Gentle Touch etc?
              It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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              • #8
                I remember only too well going through the full range of Kenneth Baker's books (30 odd years ago....)...... I even sent him a manuscript of a piece that I'd written (as a teenager, hoping very naively that he might want to use it!!!!....I was very young!) and he wrote a long letter back giving advice on what I'd done! Those were the days! Fred - Very good effort, good performance and good, very listenable recordings! :->

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