Summer 2020 Virtual

SMIA Conference

Organ Improvisation from Scratch

Dr. David Baskeyfield

Organ & Improvisation

Improvisation is sometimes seen as a mysterious gift given to the very few - this is a misconception that discourages many from just having a go. It is a skill like any other that can be taught, practiced and assimilated, even given no experience at all. This presentation outlines simple techniques aimed at anyone who may never have tried improvising at the organ, or for whom it is quite new. The approach begins with the conceptual step forward of getting the fingers moving autonomously with no music up on the rack, then progresses to generating some quite sophisticated harmonies through surprisingly simple procedures. You’ll be surprised by what you can accomplish in quite a short time!

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