By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
How do you learn free improvisation on the organ?
Simply by sitting down on the bench and trying to play something.
If you can't play with both hands and feet, play without the pedals.
If you can't play with both hands, play with the right hand only.
If you can't play in the entire range of the keyboard, play just in two octaves.
If you can't play in two octaves, choose just one octave.
If you can't play chromatically, use white keys only.
If you can't play in sixteenth notes, use eighth notes.
If you can't play with eighth notes, use quarter notes.
If you can't play in quarter notes, use half notes.
If you can't play in half notes, use the whole notes.
If you can't play with leaps, use stepwise motion up or down.
Use rests to breath.
Choose a simple meter and off you go.
You see, there are no more excuses left for you to start to improvise.
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Don't have an organ at home?
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.