Lesson 2

Pedal Technique and Organ Shoes

This is the second of two introductory technique lessons for Music 71, Organ Performance Level 1 (free version). You may begin this lesson after completing Lesson 1. It is best to start your course by working through these two technique lessons first. After you complete this lesson you can begin work on Played Assignment 1 and Lessons 3 and 6.

This lesson covers fundamentals in organ technique that should be learned and applied by every organist. Its concepts will be reviewed throughout Levels 2 through 6. Thorough study and understanding of these concepts now will bring great benefits as you progress through the higher levels.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and explain the fundamental "checkpoints" that are basic to legato pedal technique.
  2. Describe the characteristics of a good organ shoe.

Reading Assignment

In OrganTutor Online, study the following lessons:

For all OrganTutor Online lessons, take notes in the “OrganTutor Organ 101 Lesson Objectives” section near the end of the workbook. As you study, set a goal to internalize each concept thoroughly. Test your understanding by answering the Quick Review questions at the end of each OrganTutor concept and by taking the end-of-lesson tests.

In The OrganTutor Workbook, study the following sections:

As you study, set a goal to internalize each concept thoroughly.