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ORGAN REGISTRATION Workshop Aram Basmadjian March 13, 2008 Music Supports the Worship Program Must adapt to worship objectives The Primary Musician is ???? Good music supports worship and prayer Bad music is distracting & inappropriate Also an evolving aspect – more of an industry!

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organ registration workshop

ORGAN REGISTRATION Workshop

Aram Basmadjian

March 13, 2008

music
Music
  • Supports the Worship Program
  • Must adapt to worship objectives
  • The Primary Musician is ????
  • Good music supports worship and prayer
  • Bad music is distracting & inappropriate
  • Also an evolving aspect – more of an industry!
the organ as the primary instrument
The Organ as the Primary Instrument?
  • Taken for granted by most people
  • Considered the ultimate worship instrument
  • Types of instruments
  • Just a few more keyboards?
  • Technological advances – benefits to the music minister
  • Other instruments: replacement, augmentation or both?
basic service playing
Basic Service Playing
  • What does a congregation hear?
  • 4’ Tone is Key to congregational singing
  • Fundamental sound is the Diapason family
  • Improbable to find an organ w/o diapason
  • 8’ provides foundation, 4’ defines pitch
registration
Registration
  • IS :the proper selection of stops (sounds)
  • IS NOT: the same thing as expression
  • Diapason “choruses” provide foundation
  • 8’ & 4’ generally enough for hymns
  • Add 2’ as necessary
  • Where does one go from there?
  • Reeds FIRST!!!! (as available, of course)
  • Mixtures can be confusing to congregations
divisional information
Great Division

Provides foundation

“bottom” keyboard

Main diapasons here

Flutes for singing?

Sometimes necessary

“Pitch Definition”

Mixture usually big

Reeds not always here

CAN be used as solo

Swell Division

What does SWELL mean?

“moderate” upperwork

“colors” usually here

Mixture can be useful

Reed chorus present?

What’s a Celeste?

WHY NOT for singing?

Greatest flexibility

Divisional Information
divisional info continued
Choir Division

Why called “Choir?”

Evolved over time

Lighter, more color

Sometimes “positiv”

Sometimes negative !!

Not always expressed

“icing on the cake”

Pedal Division

Usually smaller

Foundation is 16’ tone

Best if “stand alone”

Couplers to pedal add but can subtract, too

Less is better

Pitch definition is key

Diapasons vs. flutes

Divisional Info, Continued
hymn playing
Hymn Playing
  • Accompaniment or Leading??
  • Most important aspect of service-playing
  • Key ingredients:
    • Registration
    • Introduction
    • “Play the Words, not the notes”
    • Changes / Modulations
hymn registration
Hymn Registration
  • Remember 4’ tone
  • Diapasons are always the foundation
  • Use softer 2’ first, even if coupled
  • Reeds offer more sound, pure tone
  • Mixtures with Great Care!!
  • NEVER Celestes??
  • NEVER Tremulants??
hymn introductions
Hymn Introductions
  • First Impressions are Lasting!!
  • Consistent Registration
  • Consistent Tempo
  • Congregations are what count!!
  • But Congregations don’t COUNT. . . .
  • Changes at the wrong time stop the singing
hymn accompaniment
Hymn “Accompaniment”
  • Remember to let people breathe (once in a while). . . .
  • Singing while playing? Some can do this
  • Registration changes – where & when
  • Expression: NOT a substitute for registration
  • “Playing the room”
additional items for discussion
Additional Items for Discussion
  • Preludes and Postludes
  • Accompanying a solo singer
  • Accompanying an instrumentalist
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Weddings & Funerals – kinda the same
keyboards midi etc
Keyboards, MIDI, Etc.
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • Devices vs. People
  • Sampling – High Quality Sound
  • Sequencing: Hands-free Accompaniment
  • Music Software: a nightmare?
the relentless job
The Relentless Job
  • Ministry takes commitment.
  • Performance takes practice.
  • Inspiration takes Clergy support.
  • Big choirs take a miracle. . .
  • Tenors take a bigger miracle.
summary
Summary
  • Practice Hymns!
  • Try something new regularly.
  • Know the Congregation you serve.
  • Know the Clergy you serve with.
  • Be Optimistic – God likes that!
  • Never forget your own Spiritual Life.