Al Fredericksson

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Music for Reluctant Organists

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Over the years, I’ve come across quite a few people who have volunteered, often reluctantly, to play the organ at their church or chapel because there was nobody else to do it, on the basis that they play, or used to play the piano. After the initial shock of discovering that the organ doesn’t have a sustaining pedal, and therefore the sound stops as soon as you remove a finger, and then having worked out which of the stops with weird-sounding names to use, they manage to accompany the hymns quite successfully. Then comes the snag of finding something to play before and after the service, without having to practise for hours on end or becoming a nervous wreck. I recently met another of these brave souls who has volunteered to play at her village church, and I’ve put my mind to producing a few pieces for her to use. You can find links to .pdf files of some of these, together with .mp3 recordings I have made of them here.


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