Today I have prepared a special exercise for you - a 3 part setting of the hymn tune "O Lord, how shall I meet you" in Bb major.
In this exercise, the choral tune is presented in the soprano played by the right hand part. The left hand and pedals move in eighth-note rhythms with imitations.
Practice this exercise in a slow tempo repeatedly until you can do it 3 times in a row fluently. You may have to play separate parts and combinations of two parts before putting everything together.
Intermediate level organists: transpose this exercise a whole step higher to C major. Advanced level organists: transpose this exercise a whole step lower to Ab major.
Here is the PDF file for printing and a MIDI file for listening. When you are done practicing, post your time to comments.
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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.