Although organ and piano share the same order of keys on the keyboard, they have more differences than similarities in terms of touch. For prospective organists who have previous piano experience it is important to recognize and appreciate these differences. Understanding the different physical feeling when pressing piano and organ keys is vital for successful adaptation to the organ. Because of these differences piano players who want to start playing the organ must approach this instrument and press the keys not in the same manner as they would on the piano. In this article, I will describe the four main differences in touch between organ and piano.
If you have previous piano experience and are trying to play the organ, a great resource is Organ Technique: Modern and Early by George Ritchie and George Stauffer.
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Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.