remains a popular myth that Worship Songs cannot be played on the organ;
They can of course, but be prepared to change your style somewhat...
you are used to soloing on a stop on the Great, or Choir if you have
one, and accompanying that with (usually) the left hand on the Swell you
are most of the way there. Using a light pedal probably coupled to the
Swell you can play almost any Worship Song.
Registration: Set your
registration for soloing on the Great, or Choir, with a softer
accompaniment on the Swell. Use a light pedal coupled to the Swell. Solo
the melody on the Great through the verse and add the left hand to the
Great during any chorus or refrain if you wish. The Pedal should not be
coupled to your solo.
Play-over: Use the first and
preferably last lines of music to arrive comfortably at the start. Your
play-over MUST run into the start of the song without hesitation; this
is where the pause and two beats of silence really does not work.
Leading the verse: Take great
care with your solo melody; this has to be exact and any faults here
will show badly. Remember to separate repeated notes by halving the
value of all but the last one.
sometimes a bridge is included by the composer and that is helpful; if
not look at the last line of the verse or chorus and see if a repeat of
that will ease you flawlessly into the next verse. You may wish to play your bridge away from the Great where you have been leading the vocal
line. But always test what is available and make sure that there is no
risk of your singers jumping in prematurely.
There is much in The Complete
Hymn to guide you and most of the current popular worship songs are
Here is a link to
Youtube help you see how well this can be done using the organ:
We would add more but there would not appear to be too many of these...
More will be added either as we find them or as we create them
|Be still for the presence of the Lord
- click HERE
||Nice descant and interesting key
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