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rob sanders

does piano technique suffer from playing organ?

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I'm pretty much new to the organ. I've had some synths and even a single-manual Hammond XB-2 15 years ago.

I have decided to immerse myself in the organ, and I have a new Hammond SKX that should arrive any day now.

My question is this. Have people noticed their piano playing suffering once they started playing organ? And vice versa.

I think I can go back and forth no problem.

But the thing is, I can't haul my 9 foot baldwin to a BBQ joint or an open mike.

And recently I've got some rodent leaving nut shells inside the baldwin. In that octave right above middle C. Some notes sticking. whatever.

So rather than evict the critter I'm getting a Hammond.

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As long as you spend a reasonable amount of time playing the piano (or something with weighted keys), you will do fine. 

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The organ is a wind instrument, and the piano is a percussion instrument. Thinking about it this way will help you approach each instrument separately, and not interfere with each other. Thus, your piano playing will only suffer if you don't play the piano for a long time, and the same with the organ. Also, the fact that they sound so different, will put your head in different places. 

As a side note, Fats Waller played both and was amazing on both, so you can do it too.

 

good luck! Enjoy it!

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On June 22, 2018 at 3:58 PM, dankarlsberg said:

The organ is a wind instrument...

A Hammond B3 with the click and percussive harmonic engaged is as percussive as a piano, IMO.

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