Rodgers | 790C | The 21st Century Organ Series

The 21st Century Organ Series
The
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Playing the
Rodgers
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Parallel Digital Imaging™
Organ
Lauren Gadd
Noel Jones' AAGO
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Using This Book
About the Authors
This book is designed for the organist
who is interested in exploring all the PDI
Organs offer. While it assumes some
organ background if you are coming to
the organ without prior experience we
suggest you read The Instant Organist
and The Beginning Organist by Dan Miller,
an overview to playing the organ, found
on our website: www.frogmusic.com
Lauren Gadd and Noel Jones have been collaborating at Frog Music Press in Tennessee but fall
back upon a multi-national background in church
music.
Lauren was born in
England to an American
military family. Much
of her musical training
came from her
mother, a church
organist. Her later
university musical
education involved
classical musical composition, and since she
has pursued continued
study, including composer
symposiums.
Acknowledgments
Thanks to Chad Perry, Rick Anderson and
Dr. Jeanine Cansler who liked the idea of
books with music about playing the
Rodgers Organs; to Ed Wilson, Pete
Buxton, Dan Miller and Rodney Barbour
who answered our questions, and to
Rodgers for creating the PDI Series of
Organs.
For Further Reading and Study: we
recommend Playing MIDI Live at the
Rodgers Organ and Using the Rodgers
PR-300 Voice Module/Sequencer. These
books as well as music composed and
arranged for the Rodgers with alternate
MIDI registrations and also many for
Organ Solo with MIDI Orchestra on disk
can be ordered from your Rodgers
Representative, by mail or from our
website.
Lauren Gadd’s name is
familiar to many for her organ works in
Pedalpoint and other publications by LifeWay,
who has recently released a collection of her
organ works called, Christ, We Adore Thee.
Noel spent time in a military band (cymbals and
piano in the dance band) in Germany, after
studying organ in New York City. He remained
in Europe, studying and working in Germany
and Italy, as a conductor and vocal coach in
musicals and opera and also performing as an
organist.
Questions: questions@frogmusic.com
Frog Music Press: 423 887-7594
Back in the United States he began designing
and doing tonal finishing on organs and teaching
organists registration and MIDI skills. He is
studying Baroque Cello.
Visit our website at:
www.frogmusic.com sponsor of and
home of the Rodgers Organ Users Group
.
Order more copies at: Your Rodgers
Representative or www.frogmusic.com
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Welcome! .............................................................................................................. 5
Lord, We Ask Thee ..................................................................................... 6
2 Understanding the Console Display ...................................................................... 8
3 Choosing Stops ...................................................................................................... 9
Echo Voluntary ......................................................................................... 10
4 General Cancel .................................................................................................... 11
5 Manual and Pedal Couplers ................................................................................. 12
Allegro - Largo .......................................................................................... 13
6 Expression Pedals ................................................................................................ 14
Amazing Grace .......................................................................................... 15
7 Using Combination Pistons ................................................................................ 17
Kingsfold ................................................................................................... 18
8 Using Divisional Pistons ....................................................................................... 22
Wexford Carol .......................................................................................... 23
9 Using Memory Levels........................................................................................... 26
As The Dew From Heaven Distilling ......................................................... 27
10 Crescendo Pedal .................................................................................................. 29
Redeemer of Israel ................................................................................... 30
11 Transposer ........................................................................................................... 33
12 Tremulants ........................................................................................................... 34
Priere ........................................................................................................ 35
13 Celeste Stops ....................................................................................................... 37
Communion .............................................................................................. 38
14 Chimes ................................................................................................................. 42
Chime Prelude on St. Elizabeth ................................................................ 43
15 Using the Bass Coupler ....................................................................................... 45
Gently Raise The Sacred Strain ................................................................ 46
16 Using the Melody Coupler ................................................................................... 47
Come, Come Ye Saints ............................................................................. 48
17 Making Voice Palette™ Selections ................................................................. 51
We Are Sowing ......................................................................................... 52
18 Selecting MIDI Voices .......................................................................................... 55
Sing We Now At Parting .......................................................................... 56
19 MIDI Voice Fixed Velocity .................................................................................... 58
Trumpet Fanfare ....................................................................................... 59
20 MIDI Voice Keyboard Velocity ............................................................................. 60
I Need Thee Every Hour ........................................................................... 61
21 MIDI Voice Expression Velocity ........................................................................... 63
God Is So Good ........................................................................................ 64
22 Using the MIDI Voice Foot Switch ....................................................................... 66
Devotion ................................................................................................... 67
23 Registrations of Different Styles ......................................................................... 69
A Day of Rest ........................................................................................... 70
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks ....................................................................... 72
Postludium ................................................................................................ 74
The Lord Is My Light ................................................................................. 78
Appendix
PR-300 MIDI Basic Keyboard Chart
The Instant Organist Registration Chart
Index
The PR-300 MIDI Basic Keyboard Chart is ©Rodgers Instruments LLC and it, along with the terms
PR-300 and Rodgers Organs™ appear here with the kind permission of Rodgers Instruments LLC.
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Playing the Rodgers Parallel Digital Imaging™ Organs
Using this book.
The Organ is one of the oldest musical instruments. It comes to us with a
heritage of musical thought and composition. Many of us can trace the
path of our organ studies back through Bach and even earlier. The organ
has challenged composers for centuries who have delighted in its sounds,
the soft, delicate sounds, and the majesty of the organ in full roar.
To help you explore the musical possibilities of the Rodgers 790C
organ, we have created this book as a map that explores places for you to
go, things to see. Before taking a trip it is helpful to study a guide book and
get an idea of what you want to do when you get there. Some people find
themselves in places and then buy a guide book to figure out what they are
seeing every day. This book is the same; it can serve as an introduction to
the instrument or provide deeper insight for the person who is already
playing a Rodgers Organ.
What places are we going to visit? Rather than museums and coffee houses, we are going to visit music. Music that we can play. Music that
explores the sound of the voices of this organ.
You do not need to read this book or the owner’s manual to play
the organ. The Rodgers is designed as a straightforward classical organ,
built to AGO standards, which means that everything is laid out in a logical
place and that the console is ergonomically designed to ease playing of the
manuals and pedals. The AGO design was established in the mid 20thcentury long before ‘ergonomic’ became a household word.
Organs which rely on electricity for power and control often have a
window into the workings of the organ, in this case we call it a Display
Window. When you power the organ up, it displays a wait message. When
the organ is prepared for playing, the Transposer Window appears. This
window also gives you access into the organ to assist you in configuring the
organ to suit your playing as well as to permit you to control MIDI devices
that may be attached to the insturment.
We have enjoyed writing this book and invite you to write us. Thank
you!
noeljones@frogmusic.com • laurengadd@frogmusic.com
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Welcome!
This book is based upon questions organists have asked us in workshops, in
training sessions and on the web at our web site Rodgers Organ Discussion list
about the Rodgers Organ. It is designed to supplement your Owner’s Manual.
The piston numbers you will find in the music refer to settings from The Instant
Organist, which may be found and downloaded from the www.frogmusic.com
web site. A brief outline of these M3 stop registrations may be found in the
back of this book. On the 790C we recommend saving these settings to M3.
Add the Instant Organist M2 settings to M4, if you have a MIDI Voice Module
or MIDI Keyboard interfaced to the organ.
Thank you again for taking time and interest in reading our book. We look
forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments.
Now take some time and play Lord, We Ask Thee using different stops and
each keyboard to get familiar with how they sound.
We invite your questions and comments!
Noel Jones
noeljones@frogmusic.com
Lauren Gadd
gaddzooks@frogmusic.com
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Understanding the Console Display
Device
Console Display
Console Display
When the organ is powered and once it completes automatic diagnostic procedures you will see the window display change to read:
TRANSPOSER
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This display window is used in many ways. It is your window into the workings
of the organ. At this point it indicates that the organ transposer is set to the
default neutral position Ø.
Reach over and grasp the SELECT knob. Turn it one click to the left and note
that the Console Display now reads:
TRANSPOSER -1
The organ will now play everything one-half step lower than written automatically. To reset the organ to normal pitch, find, and using your right thumb,
push the General Cancel piston p underneath the lower keyboard on the
right. The Console Display will now read:
TRANSPOSER Ø
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Choosing Stops
Device
Using Rocker Tablets and Drawknobs
Rocker Tabs
To activate:
Press the bottom half of the rocker tab until the light comes on, then release. The stop will return to vertical position, and remain lit.
To silence:
Press the top half of the rocker tab until the light goes off, then release.
The stop will return to vertical position
The Music:
The Echo Voluntary contrasts the sounds of a Flute and String Celeste. In a
work like this, it is customary to pause between phrases, giving you time to
change the stops, and to enhance the echo effect. Christus is provided to give
you the opportunity to try different 8’ stops and become familiare with their
sounds.
Advanced Technique: Echo Voluntary Choose the Great Harmonic Flute 8’. Play this piece differently by going to the Great Keyboard whenever the music indicates playing the
Swell Bourdon.
You will find that most of the time when playing church organ you will be using
both hands on the same keyboard, especially when playing hymns. To give a
correct balance to all voices in the music, unless there is a melody to be brought
out by reaching with one hand to another manual.
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