Rock’N’Roll Organ Exploration

I have a serious interest in learning rock’n’roll organ because a) learning piano will help build on the musical skills I already have from the trumpet b) piano is a handy instrument to know if I am teaching elementary (in case I need to teach music) and c) I love rock’n’roll organ music! Also – it helps that I have an organ that somehow made it into my room and hasn’t left.

I have next to no experience with piano. What I did learn, I taught myself through reading module books or transposing music by ear (listening to the pitch of each key!) I hope that, by the end of this semester, patience will pay off and I will be able to:

  • play at least two rock’n’roll songs at full tempo, with both hands and foot pedal
  • play a piece of music I already created on Noteflight (to do this I need to transpose that piece into the piano’s key, and I will have to already know how to read the notes and match them to the keys)
  • and, if there is time, I want to create a new piece and publish it in Noteflight – with my knowledge I have gained from reading music and playing organ

Because I am still not 100% decided on photography or organ (I thought I was – but I am indecisive!) I have already begun collecting and reviewing resources. Tonight, I learned how to properly “rake” so that it doesn’t sound corny. I also watched a few more videos from this guy to see what organ-playing entails.

How to Rake!

I love this song below, but haven’t decided if I want to learn it, yet. I think the main thing is to start with small songs, getting used to playing two handed, and then work up to a rock’n’roll song.

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Some other songs I love and am considering:

96 Tears
House of the Rising Sun
Light My Fire
In a Gadda da Vida



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