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Old 06-07-2005, 03:48 AM
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Default I know nothing about Organs...

But I really want to write a piece for it... why are there 2 bass lines? If anyone knows a good bit about it, can I have a LOT of advice on writing for like a pipe organ?
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Hello Loren.

Well, the organ has usually three staves: the first two called "manual" and are exactly the same as for the piano (right and left hands), and a third stave called "pedal", the MAIN bass line played just with your feet! That's the organ mystery...

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Wait... so the pedals are more than just for sustain? Would you just like write a normal part for the pedal part? Or would it be better just to have like a chord-based easy part for it (Easy, as in quarter notes and half notes) and all the moving stuff for your hands?
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The pedal part has nothing to do with the piano sustain. It is usually a real part so you can write the notes you want for it. Be aware only of that:

1. It's difficult to play chords with more than two notes due to the fact you use two feet.

2. It's difficult to play passages too fast: feet are less agile than hands!

To have an idea, look at our free Little Prelude and Fugue for organ: the third stave is the pedal part.

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Dear Loren,
you are very welcome!

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Yay!! I created an organ solo earlier today... I couldn't have done it without your help. It sounds great now that I know what I'm doing!!
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Very good! I am glad to help...

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okay, so what is the range of the pedal part?
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You can find interesting information in the following website:

http://www.sfchristo.net/organtips.html

where it states:

"The pedal ranges from written low C under the bass stave to the E above the stave. But unlike the piano, the organ is a transposing instrument. Even the pedal can be assigned to play in the highest treble range by pulling out the 2' or even 1' stops. This gives the organ the widest range of pitch possible. From beyond the very bottom to the top of human hearing."


I hope this helps...

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