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    Thumbs up "Using the GPO Organ" - A tutorial by Terry Dwyer

    After writing remarkable tutorials for harpsichord and harp, Terry Dwyer has written another fantastic tutorial "Using the GPO Organ"

    http://www.garritan.com/tutorial/GPO_OrganTutorial.html

    This tutorial is a pracical guide to the GPO Organ. It offers guidance to the non-organist who wants to achieve a big ogan sound in a hurry. It then focuses on more detailed information for those who want to delve deeper.

    The tutorial discusses: The different kinds of stops and their relationships, the different pitches of the pipes, the nature of the GPO organ, setting it up in a sequencer, Using the GPO organ (manuals & pedal, the swell effect and placement), composing for the organ, and more...

    There is also an addendum on using the extra stops now available with new GPO updates.

    This tutorial is an excellent adjunct to Glenn Rudolph’s Organ Tutorial at http://www.garritan.com/OrganTutorial.html.

    Thank you Terry for taking the time and trouble to write another excellent tutorial! This will be an enormous benefit to GPO Users!

    Gary Garritan

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    Smile Re: "Using the GPO Organ" - A tutorial by Terry Dwyer

    Relative good insight into the organ stuff, though I don't agree some points in it regarding hints about how to compose for the organ.

    For example:

    "Fast scales are not possible" - Indeed they are difficult to produce well, but certainly possible for any good organist!

    "...if you give him a pedal trill on bottom C whilst he is playing at the top of the keyboard with his hands, he will likely fall over" - hehehe... I'm exploded from laughter when I read this paragraph. Of course this is very difficult position but still possible for good organist. However, trills on the bottom C (specially if you're gona use powerful 16' or 32' stops) will sound more like rumble or earthquake if the trill should be played fast.

    Anyway, the tutorial was very good and well written.
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    Re: "Using the GPO Organ" - A tutorial by Terry Dwyer

    OK, Falcon1, it all depends on your/my definition of fast...

    As to the pedal trill thing, it was meant to make people smile - glad I succeeded.

    My whole point in this section was to warn non-organists form treating the pedals like a manual. You clever organists will know what to write and what not to write.

    Terry Dwyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poolman
    OK, Falcon1, it all depends on your/my definition of fast...

    As to the pedal trill thing, it was meant to make people smile - glad I succeeded.

    My whole point in this section was to warn non-organists form treating the pedals like a manual. You clever organists will know what to write and what not to write.

    Terry Dwyer
    Hi Terry, of course organists can't play the scales with their feet as fast as with their fingers - but they can by pretty fast!

    Heheheh... I thought so - but if someone took it seriously then he now know that it's possible.

    However, some of the hints I have seen in the years about how to compose for the organ has always had somekind of "looking down" view on the pedal. Don't know if it's because there are many organists which rarely use their feets or what. But the feet is able to produce remarkable complex lines and fast too. However, if you're gona have the both feets play at the same time then you should be spare on the really fast notes.
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    Most excellent and very timely since I'm deep into an Unheard Beethoven organ composition! Thankfully I had the foresight to put the pedal line into a separate staff to take advantage of the suggestions here. Hopefully I'll have this piece posted in demos within the week, incorporating the suggestions from this tutorial and some of the new tonal effects in the update.

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    Re: "Using the GPO Organ" - A tutorial by Terry Dwyer

    Quote Originally Posted by gardibolt
    Most excellent and very timely since I'm deep into an Unheard Beethoven organ composition! Thankfully I had the foresight to put the pedal line into a separate staff to take advantage of the suggestions here. Hopefully I'll have this piece posted in demos within the week, incorporating the suggestions from this tutorial and some of the new tonal effects in the update.
    Garibolt,

    Looking forward to hearing the Unheard Beethoven organ composition. It will be great to hear another unheard work of LVB.

    Glad that Terry's tutorial was a help with your important work!

    Gary Garritan

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    My Unheard Beethoven organ work is now live over in Demos & I'd love to hear comments.

    Mark

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    Re: "Using the GPO Organ" - A tutorial by Terry Dwyer

    Wow.

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love coming here and learning new things!! Better than school!

    Hey Gary, maybe you should start the Garritan Conservatory or something.



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