The Lady Organist

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Category Pedals

Pedals, pedals, pedals – resources for organists

If your New Year’s resolutions included improving your pedal technique, here’s a summary of the assorted pedal resources I’ve marshalled over the last couple of years.   Some pedal etudes To start with, here’s something to make the process a little more interesting.  Composer Paul F Page recently contacted me to tell me about the organ music available to download from his website, which includes some Pedal Etudes for organ. 

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More pedals-only repertoire

Pedal duets, music for pedals and percussion, insanely difficult variations and assorted pedal workouts – I’ve just published a follow-up to my popular first page of pedals-only repertoire. You can find it here.        

Focus on feet…pedals-only repertoire

I have had a a couple of brilliant emails from Michael Wong in the States discussing pedals-only repertoire, after my blog post on Joyce Jones.   Michael’s suggestions are on a new page here.  There’s another page of pedals-only in production, just as soon as I’ve sorted out all the links.           You might also like: Something more dramatic for the feet Joyce Jones – queen of

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Something more dramatic for the feet

  I’ve been following Michael Johnston of @michaelsmusic on Twitter for a while, and I had to share a recent tweet about his reprint of Dramatic Pedal Studies by Hamilton Crawford Macdougall  (1858-1945) in which the parts given to the feet are either well-defined melodies or at least have some melodic interest.  They will therefore stimulate the players’ interest in pedal playing, and through the assignment to the feet of

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Sight read the pedals

Following my recent moan about sight-reading resources, Mark Ellis of atticbooks drew my attention to Sight-Read the Pedals! by Richard Ellis.  Eighty short pieces for organ sight reading: the pedal line starts with just two notes (C and F) and gradually gets more complicated to cover the whole of the pedalboard.  Mark makes the point that many “introduction to the organ” books move rapidly from single line pedal exercises to

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Joyce Jones – queen of the pedals

Who wouldn’t like to play the pedals like Joyce Jones?  I’ve just ordered her book, Pedal Mastery For Organ from Amazon and I can’t wait.   The page previews show exercises ranging from elementary to quite terrifying. Joyce Jones is renowned for her twinkling, virtuosic feet. Here she is on YouTube playing Flight of the Bumble Bee – on the pedals of course.  The relaxed economy of movement, and effortless pedal

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