The perfect starting point for new organists. Wayne Leupold's 3rd edition of his
very popular First Organ Book provides a wealth of information and technique.
Includes basic introduction to the organ with pictures, comprehensive beginning
organ method, collection of 25 pages of easy organ music with beginning toes
and heels notation, finger substitution, legato manual techniques, articulate
method and more. 200 pages.
Details of book from Wayne Leupold:
Part one includes basic information about the organ,
families of sound, and a brief explanation of the basic periods of music
Part two contains a comprehensive beginning organ method
including chapters on legato pedal techniques, legato manual techniques, legato
manual and pedal trios, and the articulate style of touch of the seventeenth
and early eighteenth centuries.
Part three is a graded collection of compositions from
all historical periods, with most of the late nineteenth and twentieth century
pieces fingered. Some compositions are based on well-known hymn tunes, while
others are freely composed. Most of the compositions in this part do not
require traditional organ legato-fingering techniques, thus enabling the
pianist or keyboardist with only a minimum technique to play the organ and
sound good immediately. Much of the material is at a level so that it can be
used by pianists after only three years of traditional piano study.
Part four includes information on MIDI, a glossary, and
The First Organ Book is the outgrowth of a two-year
project initiated by the National Committee on the New Organist of the AGO, in
cooperation with Wayne Leupold, to produce an introductory volume of organ
music and elementary teaching materials.