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    Midshipman, Forte
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    New to the board

    Hello fellow organists, just wanted to give a shout and greet all. I am a 22 year old beginner organist from Uruguay, strictly interested in 17th and 18th century music only, and jsut wanted to say hello. I will be posting some specific questions related to the instrument later. Right now I am practicing the BWV 538 D minor toccata of Bach (the one with the dorian fugue), so I don't have much time to post right now. Just out of curiosity, do any of you use some kind of midi pedalboard to practice at home and know where I could acquire one? (I will start a forum thread on this later) Thanks in advance

    J.F.

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    Hi J.F.

    Welcome to MIMF Always gratifying to see the younger generations take on an appreciation for serious organ studies.

    I've not heard of a midi pedalboard, but perhaps our other colleagues here might have more insight on this. I do all my practicing at the church where I am the organist. Perhaps there might be a local church in your area where you can work out such arrangements.

    Enjoy the forums here - looking forward to your posts and participation in the discussions.

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    I have made arrangements at my local church to practice a total of 8 hours a week, which is all they can concede at the time. They've actually been qite generous on this but i'd like to practice more hours (with pedals).
    I believe in older days organists usually had pedal harpsichords to practice in the home when they were not practicing in church, and I've even heard Bach composed many of his large organ works at one of these.
    In any case, nice to meet you, hope to have many great organ discussions here.

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    Acc,

    Thanks for the Hoffrichter link. Really interesting

    Giovanni

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    yes, thank you indeed for the second link especially

    better prices it seems

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    Yes, acc ,,, thanks for those links.

    I've definetely learned something new today ...

    Kh

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    Great links Acc. Vry much appreciated. Finding pedals. Maybe now I'll be able to put together some kind of rig at home and save myself a lot of travelling...

    Thanks

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    I think having a pedalboard at home is just so useful because you can spend long practice sessions at it which most of us probably cannot do in a church. My local church gives me 2 hours to practice 4 days a week. Useful but not enough. In the 17th and 18th century organists had a pedal harpsichord in the home for practice, and even composed organ pieces in front of one.
    For me at least as a learner I consider it essential to have some kind of pedalboard device to practice at home on, with keyboard. Multiple manual midi setups with all that kind of thing is unnecessary. That's what the real organ is for. What you're looking for in procuring a pedalboard is a practice setup for the home.

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    Gotta love the sales pitch.

    On their Pedals page Ventus say...

    "~and you may practise when and however long you wish. This will be especially appreciated in wintertime when the organist is able to exchange the cold church, the equally cold organ bench and his stiff fingers for the comfort of playing in a cozy living room without thick clothes."

    They really do know how to get right to the heart of the matter. It's not access (although that can be an issue in busy times of the year) but Winter practice sessions turn into something more like a polar expedition...

    Last edited by NEB; Mar-27-2007 at 12:30.

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