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Welcome to Bob's Music Site

This site is dedicated to my late Uncle Lou who taught me stride piano and encouraged me to take up the electronic organ. His music lives on through me and unless I pass it on to you it will be gone forever .....

Introduction - about me .... I originate from Eccles, Manchester and in my youth (late 60's early 70's), having played the piano in a dance trio, I played the Hammond organ in the clubs of the North West of England. I am now semi retired from the day job but for the last 25 years I have played the pipe organ at the Franciscan Friary in the centre of the City of Chester. Since semi retirement I have been more involved musically and now I also freelance around the city churches (and down the crem) in addition to having regular engagements at two parishes that lie in the Cheshire countryside. I own a collection of electronic instruments - Roland AT80 (in the Church hall where I play), Yamaha E70, Hammond B200 and Hammond B300 ( all in my office) with the latter two being attached to Leslie HL822 speakers and at home I have a Roland digital piano ........

The purpose of the site - is to assist those who are struggling trying to play the electronic organ and /or to assist pianists in moving over to the organ - I cover the basics of playing - the coordination of hands and feet - how to "convert" music not written for the electronic organ - the structure of chords - etc etc following on to  ......... looking at various rhythms - quickstep/foxtrot/Latin American etc etc - linking tunes that are in different keys - moving from one key to another - changing key within a tune - introductions and endings - breaks and fill ins - counter melodies - changing rhythm within a tune and various aspects of performance.

Essential requirements - a knowledge of music to the extent that you can identify the notes by name - e.g. - if I say B flat or F sharp you will know the note to which I refer .

Youtube - there are some you tube "lessons" - you may have seen these and they have led you to this site.

DVDs for purchase - the DVD demonstrates how it is done  - there are two - basic and advanced - they are priced at 40 each (about the cost of two lessons) including postage in the UK (I will have to price individually for outside the UK) -  ......... for detail of the topics considered on each of the two DVD's click here ...

You cannot learn to play the organ by using books alone - organ teachers are now few and far between but my DVD's will show you how it is done - but if you are still having a problem then click here .....

The instrument used on all the videos is a Hammond B300 with Leslie Speaker - there is no drum machine or automatic accompaniment or melody intelligence or any easy play features. I have no problem in your using a drum machine, particularly with the Latin American rhythms, but I would ask you to practice without - I want you to put a bit more into your playing - and having improved by all means revert to using the drum machine - but please promise me that you will ditch the other automatic aids - at least for some of the time .....