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    Captain of Water Music JONESEY's Avatar
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    Advice please

    Hi All,

    Just signed up, and I'm after advice from you all already!.
    I've been playing the pipe organ for 15+ years now, but have recently decided to do exams, primarily as a way to get myself out of bad habits (one foot pedaling and only using the lower pedal register for example ) and also to keep myself learning new pieces to improve.

    So, here's the question ... does anyone have any top tips for learning scales on the pedal board? ... depending on which examination board I go for (LCM or ABRSM) I will need to to scales either at Grade 2 (LCM) or 4/5 (ABRSM) on the pedal board, so need to get started on them sooner rather than later!.

    Thanks all

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    I strongly advise you get yourself a teacher, and one that knows the syllabus offered by the country in which you reside (England?). C.H. Trevor's Organ Method is excellent on such matters too.

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    Hi Jonesy ...

    Welcome to Magle Int'l Music Forums. I wholeheartily agree with Contratrombone64 about obtaining professional instruction. Another source of study/practice material is The Method of Organ Playing by Harold Gleason. Current editions of this book are rather pricey, but past editions have been seen on eBay or other such sites for alot less $.

    Best of everything in your studies ... let us know how things progress.
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    Captain of Water Music JONESEY's Avatar
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    Hi Both,

    I am having lessons from a teacher, so that side of things is covered.
    Also I have put a bid in on the book on ebay as recommended, so hopefully I'll win that one!.

    Ordered the music from the ABRSM syllabus yesterday so I'll get working through those.
    With my teacher, we're going through some Bach Prelude's and Fugues to get the technical side of my playing up to scratch.

    It's certainly an interesting time - with any luck, when I've done a few of the exams, I'm going to try and get some time on different organs, culminating in playing a Cathedral organ just for the experience!.

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    Admiral of Fugues Contratrombone64's Avatar
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    Trinity College of Music, London, also offer Organ in their examination menu. I did their Licentiate (not on organ but viola) years, and years ago ... wonderful college to deal with.

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