Took a ride over to Kingston today to go to the gym and to play the pipe organ at one of my client churches. I'm learning several new hymns for next Sunday. The repertoire for Lent is unique. Kilgen Organ built the pipe organ. The organ predates the Second World War. I can't find much precise information about it.
It's been a long time since I played the pedal board on an organ. I've been faking the bass part that people are accustomed to hearing on a pipe organ by playing low octave bass notes on the lower keyboard with my left hand. But, I figure it's time to learn how to do the standard routine.
The pedal board is arranged in precisely the same manner as the standard keyboards. The range is about two and a half octaves, starting on a very low C. I had to look down at my feet to see what I was doing. Coordinating this effort is tough. I play melody on the upper keyboard, comp on the lower keyboard and play bass with my feet. It's fun and challenging.
Always plenty to learn, isn't there? And, of course, there's always a Youtube video to help you out.
Next up, I need to learn the essential skills of a choir director. I'm a little stumped about how to go about that. Any suggestions?
Ask and Ye shall receive. Here's a page that offers an introductory course on conducting a choir.