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    Recruit, Pianissimo
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    Another South African


    I'm Kevin and I'm 21 (turning 22 on Wednesday) from Johannesburg, South Africa. I started playing the piano at 8 when my grandmother paid for my lessons. Sadly, I have never had a single teacher for an extended period of time and I've only done a Grade 3 Trinity College music theory exam.

    Around 6 years ago, our Church Organist fell very ill and I was asked to take over. My first experience on an organ was on a yamaha electone with 2 manuals of 3 1/2 octaves and a 12 note pedal-board (hardly an organ). Due to the financial situation of our church we are still unable to upgrade to anything more decent. We do have plans in place to upgrade to a new Johannes/Allen digital organ later this year or perhaps early next year.

    I am also due to start formal Organ training from one of the more well known organists in Johannesburg next week. I have played on numerous pipe organs in and around Joburg and each time I get a thrill playing it.


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    Admiral Maestoso marval's Avatar
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    Nov 2007
    Hi Kevin

    Welcome to the forum, good to have you here.

    It sounds as if you are doing very well.

    We have many organists here so you will be able to chat with them.

    Have a look around and do join in.


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    Administrator Krummhorn's Avatar
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    Hi Kevin,

    Welcome aboard to MIMF.
    Nice to see another organist from South Africa joining this forum community. It's always a pleasure to hear from other organists in the world.

    Your first time experience playing in church is similar to mine ... a last minute sub for an ailing organist, but I was 12 at the time and had just started my formal organ studies after completing 6 years on the piano.

    Feel free to jump into the plethora of discussions we have here. Have fun and enjoy your time in this very addicting forum community.
    Kh ~~.

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    Admiral Honkenwheezenpooferspieler Corno Dolce's Avatar
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    Moscow, Russia
    Hello KevinS,

    Welcome aboard - Please do make yourself feel right at home and stay for a spell.


    Corno Dolce
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Captain of Water Music jvhldb's Avatar
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    Ladybrand, Free State, South Africa
    Welcome, I'm sure you will enjoy your visits.

    I'm aso an organ student (only started in January) and can still remember the thrill of playing my first pipe organ.
    Johan van Heerden

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    Captain of Water Music
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    Jun 2008
    Hi KevinS,

    Welcome to the Magle International Music Forums! And Happy Birthday for Wednesday!

    I'm also in Johannesburg, have been involved with Church music since age of 8 (ranging from Guitar, Piano, to Organ too). I have played Allens, Hammonds, Yamaha keyboards, Korg Keyboards, etc. Still just love the sound of the Pipe Organ though :-)

    You might be interested in some of the Virtual Pipe Organ technology available. I'm playing with a few different computer programs that come very close to experiencing the 'Real Thing'. So if you're interested give me a shout.

    Have fun!


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