Gayle Farnsworth - Utah Valley AGO Chapter Workshop - 11/07/02
(Notes taken by DeeAnn Stone)
∑ First of all, use shoes that make organ playing efficient.† Do not use rubber soled shoes.† Dance shoes work well.† Organ Master shoes are what most organists use.
∑ At the bench, find the center of the pedalboard.† Put your right foot on the swell box to help center yourself.† Be in a place where you feel solid.
∑ Put your left foot on "c" and right foot on "g'
∑ To aid in finding pedal notes, keep knees and heels together.† Spread toes.
∑ Donít' move legs up and down.† Keep level.† Play by rotating your ankles instead.
∑ Don't look at your feet.† Keep your eyes on the music.
∑ Pass feet behind each other if necessary to play notes.
∑ Mark the hymn or piece with toe and heel symbols.† Left foot markings below bass clef'; right foot markings above tenor line.
∑ On slow passages, you can use the gap method to find your place.† (Gaps between black notes.)
∑ Mark and practice glissandos.
∑ Play on the inside of foot - on ball
∑ Can substitute feet like you do fingers.
∑ Always stay in the center of the organ.† Pivot legs to play high and low notes.
∑ Recommended the method book by Gleeson "Methods of Organ Playing"