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#2152354 - 09/17/13 05:55 PM Wedding March on Organ possible without using pedals?
blueston Offline
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Registered: 08/28/09
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Loc: MA, USA
I was slated to do one song with a vocalist at a wedding in a few weeks that I planned to use my keyboard piano sound or a real piano if it's available.

I've now been asked if i could also do the Wedding March. I believe the ceremony will be in a church. I'm not sure what the expectation is but I've never played a Church Organ before. Assuming i could figure out the right stops to get a good sound, would I be able to play the piece and have it sound good, without using the pedals? Or would the bass just sound way too thin? If I play low keys on the register instead will it give me enough low end?

I want to be as cooperative as possible but I'm thinking I will tell them I can only do it on my own keyboard using an organ sound because I'm not a church organist. I will let them know it may sound a little thinner than a real organ.

I don't know if overall the sound would be better on the church organ, even without pedals, than on my RD-700GX?? The RD700GX is actually pretty good. If I knew it just wasn't possible to play the church organ with an acceptable sound without pedals that would help me get off the fence. I can't tell them flat out no to the church organ, without actually knowing myself how possible or not it is. Thanks in advance for advice.



Edited by blueston (09/17/13 05:57 PM)

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#2152818 - 09/18/13 08:14 AM Re: Wedding March on Organ possible without using pedals? [Re: blueston]
TimR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
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Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: blueston
I'm not sure what the expectation is but I've never played a Church Organ before. Assuming i could figure out the right stops to get a good sound, would I be able to play the piece and have it sound good, without using the pedals?


That's a really big assumption. If you show up that morning and try to figure it out on the fly, I would say it is simply impossible.

On the other hand, if you have a bit of time to practice AND the advice of an experienced organist, you can probably play one simple piece with a good sound.

Organs aren't all the same. Is it electronic or pipe? Does it come with presets? What are the couplers? Most organs will couple the pedal TO the manual, some will couple the pedal FROM the manual, very helpful for inexperienced organists.

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Or would the bass just sound way too thin?


Depending on the stops available on the manuals, probably the bass would be fine. I did a number of church jobs without using pedals when I started. The organ in that church had stops you could choose, or it had some buttons with pre-set combinations of stops. As I was learning I relied heavily on the presets.

Bottom line though, IMO there is no way to make your keyboard sound anywhere near as good as a real organ, even an electronic one, and it is worlds away from the pipe. Remember that this is the single most important day in the bride's entire life, and it will be on video forever.


Edited by TimR (09/18/13 08:15 AM)
Edit Reason: spelling
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#2156934 - 09/24/13 04:41 PM Re: Wedding March on Organ possible without using pedals? [Re: blueston]
JimboKeys Offline
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Registered: 11/21/10
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No rule that says the Wedding March has to be played on organ (i've banged it out on a Fender Rhodes electric piano many years ago). If you're being hired to play piano, be one and play the Wedding March as a piano piece, or whatever you're most comfortable doing. (Of course this all depends on what the couple's expectations are for the music.)

- Jimbo

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