Introduction to Gospel Organ


The Goal of this DVD is to give you a complete crash course into the organ. Yes it is slated for the beginner, but you have to work for it guys. We took the totality of an organ, from the mechanics, to drawbar settings, to techniques, and all the way to chords. This DVD is an Xtreme crash course into jump starting you into playing the organ. After this DVD, you should be able to use the same chords you know in the keyboard and convert them to organ chord techniques. You will be pretty good at drawbar settings as well. You will also know how to operate all of the functions and switches of the organ and even know how and when to use them.

Devotional Pattern Techniques


If you are playing a Hammond B3 organ at church, then chances are you do not go to a CCM type of church. More than likely you will have to play some type of devotional song on the organ. We gave you an amazing crash course way of playing devotional songs on the organ, even when your foot and hand coordination are not there. Many times teachers have organ lessons for beginners, but then don’t take into consideration that a new beginner’s foot is not as fast, neither is the left hand chording fully developed. So we took the time to teach for your level and to offer some good ways to hide your new beginner flaws and still sound full and fat.

Foot Pedal Techniques


Unlike a traditional electronic keyboard or synthesizer, the organ introduces way more switches and fun new toys to play with. One of those being the foot pedal, which is essential. This new technique is totally different from the sustain pedal. It’s an essential part of organ playing as it frees one of your hands from playing the bass. We teach you the traditional heel toe technique that has been used for years among gospel musicians. We also provide very important foot placement techniques so you won’t have to look down when playing the foot pedal. You can keep your head up and hit the bass note with confidence. A few minor, but powerful organ foot pedal techniques will take you a long way and we expose all of the secrets for you.

Transitioning from Keyboard to Organ


As you know the keyboard is not the organ. There are way more switches, knobs, pedals, etc.. to consider. But more importantly, the organ is a pad instrument and you have to play it as a pad. You play the organ totally different if you are the only musician or if you are playing with another keyboard player. Either way the organ has a sound and a purpose. There is a specific need that the organ feels and you have to know when to be lead and when to lay back. You need to know how to play the current chords you already know. The beauty of this DVD is that we are not telling you to forget all of the chords you know. We simply show you how to take your current chords and adjust them to playing the organ now. The same way you play the keyboard is not the same way you should play the organ and we will teach and explain all of this for you.

Left-Hand Techniques


One of the number one requests we get all the time is how to develop your left hand. We agree that this can be a very daunting task and if you don’t have a left hand you can forget about sounding full on the organ. The organ is one of those instruments where the left hand is probably just as important if not more important than the right. We take our time to teach you how to develop your left and and more importantly how to use your left-hand with chords. Don’t worry, we have very secret tricks and tips to help you get by until you can fully master your left hand. There are some easy chords and tricks to use to make two notes in the left hand sound just as full and fat as a 6 note chord.

 

Basic Tritones


You can totally forget about sounding half-way decent without playing tritones on the organ. First and foremost there are some very interesting things going on with the harmonics of an organ that make the tritone sound 100 times better on an organ than a keyboard. We teach you some of our most secret and coveted chords and how to use them. We have a specific movement we know you will love and it’s called the Tritone Circle. You can’t begin to even play the organ without this movement, but it’s so simple and will fatten up your sound fast. Even though you are a beginner, you will sound like the big boys with very little effort, because of these tritones we show you.

Neo-Soul


Yep, we didn’t leave off the neo-soul. You know we have to add our own personal flavor and touch. We know how you’ve grown to love neo-soul. Well, we also included some awesome neo-soul type movements that you can use for talk music. The best thing about the chords we taught you on all of the other DVDs is that you don’t have to forget them. All of our DVDs had a  purpose and a procedure and the way we taught and how we showed you the chords were very strategic. This is because the chords we taught you and how we taught you can EASILY be transferred over to the organ. So all of the neo-soul stuff we taught you can be converted over easy and we will show you how. We even take time out to show you that famous neo-soul slide on the percussion and comping techniques that you hear in many neo-soul songs. The drawbar setting are everything and we show you those secret neo-soul settings.