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    Hello I have been playing organ for coming up about a year. I have had a Lowrey and Hammond organ and with them came some beginner's books. Now I have gone through all of them and they use the melody in the right hand and hold simple chords in the left. I would like to get into some music where you hold a note with one finger while playing the melody. All the music for organ I have found has been very advanced and hard so if anyone could recommend some books or some links on beginning Pipe Organ playing that would be very appreciated.
    Hammond C3 with Two Leslies
    Hammond C3
    Hammond Phoenix
    Lowery Holiday Deluxe

  • #2
    Have you looked at Bach's 8 little preludes and fugues? The prelude in G is very easy. I started with those when I began playing a year ago, although I already had 4 years of piano experience. I recently learned Buxtehude's Canzonetta in A BuxWV 225, its for manuals alone and is mostly arpeggios so it is very quick to learn. You may want to consider picking up a copy of this: http://www.amazon.com/Organ-Techniqu.../dp/0195137450
    It has lots of pedal exercises and short trios, doing these allowed me to excel at the pedals very quickly.


    • #3
      You could also try some of Bach's pieces from the . You can find free copies of most older classical music at http://imslp.org. Best of luck with your studies.


      P.S. Welcome to the Forum.
      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)
      • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 6 Pianos


      • #4
        I started with Flor Peerers "Little Organ Book". I still enjoy playing from it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/087487...&robot_redir=1
        Jesse Hargus
        Portland, OR