1. Top 6 Organ Rock Tracks

    For some, it’s hard to imagine the sounds of an organ outside of a church or performance hall. Their piped sounds filling performance spaces with grandiose tones and notes, shaking church pews and foundations alike when the player pulls out all the stops. But the organ is a popular instrument outside of these settings, and the convenience and versatility of a digital organ has made them a popula…Read More

  2. The Longest Organ Piece Ever Performed

    Without a doubt, Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” is probably the most famous organ piece ever written. It’s used in TV, movies, and more. But many people have only heard the iconic opening lines of the song. Few realize that the piece is nearly nine minutes long. Organ pieces and organ concertos can last up to an hour in some cases. While these pieces are long, there is one organ pie…Read More

  3. Organs At The Front Lines

    When we think about the music of the Second World War, often we think of ragtime, and big band jazz, and of course, thumping marching band music. It’s hard not to have Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol” playing along in your head when you think about the service members of WWII. But for many soldiers and sailors in WWII, music was not a luxury they got to enjoy every day. They might only hea…Read More

  4. Which to Choose, Organ or Piano?

    Whether you’re a piano professional or a keyboard novice, you might find your mind wandering to the organ. How hard is it to learn? What are the best songs to play? How could you benefit from mastering this classic instrument? In this post, we would like to explore the benefits of both organs and pianos. Hopefully, this will help you see both similarities and differences between these two instru…Read More

  5. What to Do When You Can’t Practice

    If you are an organ enthusiast like the team here at Viscount Organs, you know how hard it can be to go a long time without practicing! In fact, most of our clients practice daily to ensure that they stay on top of their technique and their skills. However, sometimes we can’t practice for whatever reason. Whether you are sick and bedridden, or you’re just away on vacation without access to a d…Read More

  6. Overcoming Your Nerves Before Performance

    Right before you go on stage, you are probably going through what you will do once you are finally in front of everyone. Hopefully, you are imagining things going well! We know that there can be a lot of pressure when playing the church organ in front of a large group, especially if there are people in the audience who mean quite a bit to you. As you start to feel that nervousness creep into your …Read More

  7. The 4 Most Impressive Organs in the World

    When it comes to organs, most people think about the giant instruments installed in grand cathedrals. With that being said, we do want to discuss a few of those! However, not all fantastic and interesting organs were installed in a church. Organs are renowned for their large size and their demanding requirements when it comes to playing them successfully, much less playing them well. Since every o…Read More

  8. Re-Learning an Instrument in Adulthood

    How many people take music lessons at a young age, only to drop the instrument and focus more on careers or family in adulthood? The answer is, quite a lot! If this is the case for you, and you’ve found yourself wanting to get back into the instrument, we have some things for you to consider! Let’s get you back in musical shape. Find the Right Instructor Many music instructors are only accusto…Read More

  9. Top Tips to Sight Reading Music

    When it comes to sight reading music, some musicians love the challenge and could work on it all day. For others, they dread hearing those words. Those of you who are terrified by sight reading music, we are here to help! Here are some of the top tips from Viscount Organs to keep in mind to help you sight read a bit easier. Practice Ahead of Time Obviously, you won’t have the music ahead of time…Read More

  10. How to Perfect Your Pedal Technique

    If you play the organ, whether that be the pipe or digital organ, you know the important role that pedals play in producing music. For those who want to become more proficient at playing pedals, one of the top pieces of advice we can give is to play pedal scales! These can help you increase the flexibility of your ankle and fine-tune your pedal playing technique. However, we’ve found that many o…Read More