Essential #1: Proper Organ Shoes
Purchase shoes that will work for the organ. I use OrganMaster shoes.
As you can see, these are the criterion for organ shoes:
- A heel of 3/4" to 1 1/4" in height, wide enough to not easily fit in the space between the natural keys, and surfaced so that it slides easily forward and back on the foot pedals without leaving marks. Leather is best.
- A sole made of thin leather--the softer the better--that does not to protrude beyond the sides of the foot. As with the heel, the sole should also slide easily up and down the keys, and from black pedals to white.
- The heel and sole should not be connected with a bridge. The instep should allow you to straddle one natural to another.
- The uppers should be flexible and lightweight. They should not stick to each other, but slide without sticking.
- The shoes should fit well, with laces or a strap that holds the shoe snugly to the foot.
Tic-Tac-Toes also sells organ shoes:
Alternately, you can use dance shoes, as long as they aren't too stiff. Other shoes that meet the above criteria can also be used. It is possible to alter a pair of shoes to make them suitable for organ use.
Essential #2: Hymns from the L.D.S. Hymnal Marked for the Organ by Carol Dean
This book isn't totally essential, but I firmly believe it is worth its weight in gold. To order this book, contact Carol Dean at carolorg1111 @ gmail . com (remove the spaces). If you absolutely cannot purchase this book, that's okay--I'll teach you how to mark up your own book. It's just a lot easier and much less time consuming to use Carol's markings. My copy is very well-loved, as you can see.
Essential #3: A stop list from the organ you will be playing
A stop list? What are stops? Stops are the tabs, rocker tabs, or drawknobs on the organ that have numbers and names on or above them. They are divided into sections and located either above the keys:
To the left and right sides:
If possible, identify the organ brand and model that you will be using. If your organ is located in the chapel of an LDS church, the manual may be available online at this location, complete with stop list: http://www.lds.org/cm/display/0,17631,8549-1,00.html
If not, or if you choose to create your own, you can use this example to guide you:
Viola Celeste II 8
Koppel Flote 4
Super Octave 2
Swell to Great
Midi to Great
Viola Celeste 8
Spitz Prinzipal 4
Koppel Flote 4
Nasat 2 2/3
Block flote 2
Midi to Swell
Lieblich Gedackt 16
Choral Bass 4
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Midi to Pedal
Console Speakers OFF
External Speakers OFF
Once you have placed an order for organ shoes and Carol Dean's book, place your stop list in a safe place and continue on to Lesson 1: Understanding the Parts of the Organ.